James Dundas on Seneca, Descartes and the Fall

Broadie, A. (2016) James Dundas on Seneca, Descartes and the Fall. In: Reid, S. J. and McOmish, D. (eds.) Neo-Latin Literature and Literary Culture in Early Modern Scotland. Series: Brill's Sudies in intellectual history (260). Brill: Leiden, pp. 247-263. ISBN 9789004330719 (doi: 10.1163/9789004330733_012)

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James Dundas, first Lord Arniston (c.1620-1679), was a Scottish law lord who left at his death a 313-page manuscript entitled Idea philosophiae moralis which has only recently come to light. In this paper, there is a brief account of his life and work, followed by a discussion of his response to Seneca and to Descartes regarding the extent to which happiness is something that we can achieve by an act of will. Dundas deploys the Calvinist doctrine of the Fall to explain the difficulties in our way when we exert our will in the attempt to secure happiness.

Item Type:Book Sections
Keywords:James Dundas, Seneca, Descartes, the fall, happiness.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Broadie, Professor Alexander
Authors: Broadie, A.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > History

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