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The Relationship between the Physical and the Moral in Man


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Acknowledgements Preface Chapter 1 Editor's Preface, Darian Meacham Chapter 2 The Development of Maine de Biran's Philosophy and the French Spiritualist Tradition: A Timeline, Jeremy Dunham Chapter 3 Philological Preface to The Relationship between the Physical and the Moral in Man by F.C.T. Moore, Translated from the French by Darian Meacham Chapter 4 Maine de Biran's Places in French Spiritualism: Occultation, Reduction and Demarcation, Delphine Antoine-Mahut; translated from the French by Darian Meacham Chapter 5 The Relationship between the Physical and the Moral in Man: Copenhagen Treatise 181, Maine de Biran; translated from the French by Joseph Spadola Chapter 6 Maine de Biran and the Mind-Body Problem: An Introduction and Commentary on The Relationship between the Physical and the Moral in Man, Pierre Montebello; translated from the French by Joseph Spadola Chapter 7 A Universal and Absolute Spiritualism, Maine de Biran's Leibniz, Jeremy Dunham Chapter 8 Listen, Hear, Understand: Maine de Biran's Phenomenological Breakthrough, Pierre Kerszberg; translated from the French by Joseph Spadola Index

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Translation of and introduction to a seminal work by French philosopher Maine de Biran, accompanied by essays on the historical context and contemporary relevance of the essay and the philosopher's work

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Francois-Pierre-Gonthier Maine de Biran(1766 - 1824) was a prominent 19th century French Philosopher and Politician. Darian Meacham is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at UWE, Bristol, UK. Joseph Spadola has a PhD in Philosophy from the Universite Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, France and is currently a lawyer in New York.


This edition and translation of Maine de Biran's text on the relationship between the physical and the moral is to be greatly welcomed. Praised as a metaphysician by Bergson, and this volume gives a good indication of the accuracy of Bergson's insight. Biran's text offers a novel account of the relationship between the will, knowledge, and morality, and opens up possibilities of thinking that diverge from Kant and the Kantian orthodoxy in philosophy. The translation is first-rate and the volume contains invaluable editorial material. This is a must read for anyone interested in the origins of modern French philosophy and in key developments in French thought from phenomenology to post-structuralism. * Keith Ansell-Pearson, Professor of Philosophy, University of Warwick, UK *
Among English-speaking philosophers, interest has been growing in nineteenth-century French philosophy in general, and the work of Pierre Maine de Biran in particular. This is a a timely translation of one of Biran's most important works, and it contains helpful editorial material and introductory essays by leading specialists that contextualize his thought. The translator and editor, together with the contributors, have done a wonderful job in making Biran's work more accessible to an English-speaking public. * Mark Sinclair, Senior Lecturer, Department of History, Politics and Philosophy, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK *
The Relationship Between the Physical and the Moral in Man is an event in English-speaking philosophy. Readers will have for the first time access to an important work of a founding figure of spiritualist thought. The translation is careful and reads with great ease. The translators provide the original French in places where the text does not translate literally into English or in places where there may be more than one way to translate or read the text in question. The scholarly articles contextualise and show the importance of Biran's thought for philosophy today. Meacham and Spadola give to English readers an important translation of and guide to one of early modernity's more original and fascinating philosophical works. * Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews *

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