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Providence Lost by Genevieve Lloyd
Book DescriptionTo the ancient Greeks, providence was the inherent purpose and rational structure of the world. In Christian thought, it became a benign will "providing" for human well-being. And in our own ever more secular times - is providence lost? Perhaps, but as Genevieve Lloyd makes clear in this illuminating work, providence still exerts a powerful influence on our thought and in our lives; and understanding how can help us clarify the functioning - or, increasingly, disfunctioning - of concepts of freedom and autonomy that define our modernity. Such an understanding is precisely the goal of this book, which traces a succession of transformations in the concept of providence through the history of Western philosophy.Beginning with early versions of providence in ancient Greek thought, Lloyd follows the concept through its convergence with Christian ideas, to its role in seventeenth-century philosophical accommodations of freedom and necessity. Finally, she shows how providence was subsumed into the eighteenth-century ideas of progress that eventually rendered it philosophically superfluous. Incorporating rich discussions of thinkers from Euripides to Augustine, Descartes and Spinoza to Kant and Hegel, her lucid and elegantly written work clearly and forcefully brings the history of ideas to bear on our present confusion over notions of autonomy, risk, and responsibility. Exploring the interplay among philosophy, religion, and literature, and among intellect, imagination, and emotion in philosophical thought, this book allows intellectual historians and general readers alike to grasp what it actually means that providence can be lost but not escaped.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674031531
(210mm x 140mm x 30mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 11-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Genevieve Lloyd
Enlightenment Shadows, Paperback (July 2016)
Genevieve Lloyd presents a new study of the place of Enlightenment thought in intellectual history and of its continued relevance. She offers original readings of a range of key texts, which highlight the ways in which Enlightenment thinkers enacted in their writing-and reflected on-the interplay of intellect, imagination, and emotion.
Feminism and History of Philosophy, Paperback (January 2002)
This collection of essays highlights the positive contributions that feminism can make to the history of philosophy. Drawn together within a chronological framework, pieces by leading feminist critics reveal the fresh perspectives that feminism can offer to the discussion of past philosophers.
Collective Imaginings, Hardback (July 1999)
Collective Imaginings draws on recent re-assessments of the philosophy of Spinoza to develop new ways of conceptualising issues of freedom and difference.
Being in Time, Hardback (September 1993)» View all books by Genevieve Lloyd
Explores the emotional aspects of the human experience of time, commonly neglected in philosophical investigation, by looking at how narrative creates and treats the experience of the self as fragmented and the past as "lost".
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Author Biography - Genevieve Lloyd
Genevieve Lloyd is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, University of New South Wales, and Research Associate in Philosophy, Macquarie University, Sydney.
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