Forthcoming: edited collection in honor of Anthony Kenny


Forthcoming, from Oxford University Press, early next year:

Mind, Method, and Morality: Essays in Honour of Anthony Kenny

Edited by John Cottingham and Peter Hacker

Sir Anthony Kenny is one of the most distinguished and prolific philosophers of our time. In the wide range and historical breadth of his interests, he has influenced many parts of the philosophical landscape, especially in the philosophy of mind and the theory of human action and responsibility. In contrast to many of his contemporaries, who have played down philosophy’s debt to its past, Kenny’s work has always been rooted in the great tradition of Western philosophical inquiry. Mind, Method and Morality celebrates Kenny’s work by focusing on the four great philosophers to whom Kenny has given special attention, namely Aristotle, Aquinas, Descartes, and Wittgenstein. It contains sixteen essays (four on each philosopher) written by leading specialists in the relevant area. Strongly linked together by their focus on philosophy of mind, action and responsibility, the papers make a significant contribution to those areas of philosophy that Kenny has made particularly his own, and constitute a timely celebration of his work. While keeping to the highest standards of scholarship and philosophical rigour, the volume aims to be engaging and comprehensible to a wide audience, thus mirroring the clarity and accessibility that are the hallmarks of Kenny’s own philosophical writings. A preface by the Editors describes Anthony Kenny’s philosophical career, and the volume also includes a complete bibliography of his writings.

Here is the table of contents:


Part I: Aristotle

1. Sarah Broadie: The Good, the Noble and the Theoretical in the Eudemian Ethics

2. Jonathan Barnes: The Opinion of Aristotle concerning Destiny and What Is Up To Us

3. David Charles: Weakness and Impetuosity

4. Christopher Shields: An Approach to Aristotelian Actuality

Part II: Aquinas

5. Terence Irwin: The Role of Consent in Aquinas’ Theory of Action

6. John Haldane: Kenny and Aquinas on the Metaphysics of Mind

7. David S. Oderberg: ‘Whatever is Changing is being Changed by Something Else’: A Reappraisal of Premise One of the First Way

8. Brian Davies: The Action of God

Part III: Descartes

9. Desmond Clarke: The Physics and Metaphysics of the Mind: Descartes and Regius

10. John Cottingham: Cartesian Autonomy

11. Stephen Gaukroger: Descartes’s Theory of Perceptual Cognition and the Question of Moral Sensibility

12. Marleen Rozemond: Descartes and the Immortality of the Soul

Part IV: Wittgenstein

13. Peter Hacker: The Development of Wittgenstein’s Philosophy of Psychology

14. Hans-Johann Glock: Concepts: Between the Subjective and the Objective

15. Joachim Schulte: Some Remarks on Wittgenstein’s Early Philosophy of Mind

16. Severin Schroeder: A Tale of Two Problems

Bibliography of the Works of Anthony Kenny

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