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Author Wakefield, James, 1988-
Title Giovanni Gentile and the state of contemporary constructivism : a study of actual idealist moral theory / James Wakefield.
Imprint [Place of publication not identified] : Andrews UK Ltd., [2015]

Subject Gentile, Giovanni, 1875-1944 -- Ethics.
Totalitarian ethics.
Description 1 online resource
Contents Cover ; Contents ; Front Matter; Title Page; Publisher Information; Acknowledgements; Summary; The State of Contemporary Constructivism; Chapter 1; 1. Defining 'constructivism'; 2. Introducing Giovanni Gentile; 2i. The death of the author; 2ii. Gentile criticism since his assassination; 3. A new approach to Gentile; 4. The argument in outline; Chapter 2; 1. On method; 2. Toward pensiero pensante, or 'the thought that thinks itself'; 2i. The Cogito Justification; 2ii. The Logical Priority Justification; 3. The abstract/concrete division; 4. Truth in the method of immanence.
4i. The will and truth4ii. The Gentilean will: being and Being There; 4iii. The value of truth and its construction; 5. Coherence and construction; 6. Actual idealism's positivity and the unknown; 7. Conclusion; Chapter 3; 1. Actual idealism and the person; 1i. The Solipsist Objection; 1ii. The Conditionality Objection; 1iii. Persons and personalism; 2. Socialising the pure act; 2i. The internal society and the conscience; 2ii. The internal dialogue; 3. Constructing the universal will; 3i. Internality and indeterminacy; 3ii. A schematic for the socius; 4. Politicising the internal society.
4i. Internal and external dialogues4ii. The state and the universal will; 5. Conclusion; Chapter 4; 1. Gentile on the state in Diritto and Introduzione; 2. Gentile on the Hegel's ethical state; 3. Gentile's mature state; 4. 'The real shipwreck of actualism': some standard objections; 5. The ethical state of mind; 6. Conclusion; Chapter 5; 1. Reason in actual idealism; 1i. The internal dialogue re-visited; 1ii. Universality and objectivity; 1iii. The heart of reason; 1iv. The IDP in outline; 2. Kant's categorical imperative; 3. The Universal Law Formula; 3i. O'Neill on universality.
3ii. A Gentilean reply to Kant and O'Neill4. The Kingdom of Ends Formula; 5. The Autonomy Formula; 5i. Kant on autonomy; 5ii. Korsgaard's account of Kantian autonomy; 5iii. Gentile on autonomy (and autarchy); 6. Re-constructing Gentilean moral theory; 7. Conclusion; Chapter 6; 1. Autonomy, indeterminacy and 'determined subjectivity'; 2. Gentile's phenomenology of education; 3. Education and the state; 4. Three objections to Gentilean education; 4i. The Falsity Objection; 4ii. The Manipulation Objection; 4iii. The Coercion Objection; 5. Replies to the Objections.
6. Re-appraising Gentilean education6i. Gentilean education and political theory; 6ii. Gentilean Education and the IDP; 7. Conclusion; Chapter 7; 1. Justifying dialogue; 2. Internalism and the real world; 2i. Triangulation and objectivity; 2ii. Two principles for the IDP; 3. Agreement and the IDP; 3i. Hypothetical agreements and constructivism; 3ii. Verification and the IDP; 3iii. Falsification and the IDP; 4. Inter-personal applications of the IDP; 4i. 'Stacking' and objectivity; 4ii. Persons and principles; 5. Conclusion; Chapter 8; 1. Overview of conclusions; 2. Actual idealism assessed.
Summary This book presents Giovanni Gentile's actual idealism as a radical constructivist doctrine for use in moral theory. The first half describes the moral theory that Gentile explicitly identifies with actual idealism, according to which all thinking, rather than an exclusive domain of 'practical reason', has a moral character. It is argued that after Gentile's turn to Fascism in the early 1920s, this theory is increasingly conflated with his political doctrine. This entails several major changes that cannot be squared with the underlying metaphysics. The second half of the book develops a more pl.
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OCLC # 907924048