William Chalmers (Gulielmus Camerarius) (1596-c.1678): A Scottish Catholic voice on the best and the worst

Broadie, A. (2020) William Chalmers (Gulielmus Camerarius) (1596-c.1678): A Scottish Catholic voice on the best and the worst. In: Broadie, A. (ed.) Scottish Philosophy in the Seventeenth Century. Oxford University Press, pp. 191-207. ISBN 9780198769842 (doi: 10.1093/oso/9780198769842.003.0012)

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William Chalmers (1596–c.1678), who wrote under the name Gulielmus Camerarius Scotus, has long since sunk into obscurity, and his philosophy seems to have been the subject of just one sustained examination, which principally concerns a single passage just a few pages long in one of his many books. This chapter begins with a few words about his career and then focuses on aspects of his moral philosophy and moral psychology. It deals with two discussions in the Disputationes, first, on the concept of happiness and the relation of happiness to the role played in its production by the faculties of intellect and will; and secondly, on the concept of doing evil for evil’s sake, a concept that Chalmers believes to be instantiated by the actions of persons of several different sorts: the devil, those who are damned, and those who are very perverse wayfarers on their pilgrimage through this life.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Broadie, Professor Alexander
Authors: Broadie, A.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities
Publisher:Oxford University Press
Published Online:01 March 2020

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