Intellectual History Review 26 (3):355-369 (2016)

Christian Maurer
University of Lausanne
This essay explores doctrinal issues in the philosophical and theological debates on human nature and self-love in the early 18th century. It focuses on the arguments between the Scottish philosopher and theologian Archibald Campbell and the Committee for Purity of Doctrine concerning Campbell’s Enquiry into the Original of Moral Virtue (1733). These centre in particular on Campbell’s supposedly unorthodox account of self-love as a virtuous principle and the connected more general view of human nature as tending towards virtue. A comparison with the situation in Geneva shows that similar views were held by influential theologians such as Jean-Alphonse Turrettini and Jacob Vernet.
Keywords moral philosophy  moral psychology  self-love  Calvinism  Archibald Campbell  egoism  theology  Geneva
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DOI 10.1080/17496977.2015.1112135
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