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Necessity, Volition, and Love Paperback – November 28, 1998

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ISBN-13: 978-0521633956 ISBN-10: 0521633958

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"Readers will be struck anew by the depth and integrity of Frankfurt's thought, as well as the sheer delight of his prose. While many will disagree sharply with Frankfurt's insistence that autonomy arises from volitional necessities that define the essential natures of persons, they will find that, like me, they cannot help but care about his work." Ethics

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One of the most influential of contemporary philosophers, Harry Frankfurt has made major contributions to the philosophy of action, moral psychology, and the study of Descartes. This collection of essays complements an earlier, successful collection published by Cambridge, The Importance of What We Care About. They deal in general with foundational metaphysical and epistemological issues concerning Descartes, moral philosophy, philosophical anthropology, political philosophy, and religion. A hallmark of Frankfurt's work is his crisp and incisive style, which means that these essays should appeal to a wide range of philosophers and to readers in neighboring disciplines with philosophical interests.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (November 28, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521633958
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521633956
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,002,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Harry G. Frankfurt is a professor of philosophy emeritus at Princeton University. His books include The Reasons of Love; Necessity, Volition, and Love; and The Importance of What We Care About. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard C. Sha on May 29, 2011
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Frankfurt is the clearest of thinkers on such major philosophical problems as the relation of necessity to autonomy, on the nature of love and the mind, on questions of the unlimitedness of human will and what this means. Few philosophers get this much intellectual work done in so short a space, and even fewer do so with the utmost clarity. His intelligence and ability to get to the crux of the issue makes Frankfurt one of the most exciting philosophers alive today.
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