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Christian Maurer

On philosophy and its history

I am a philosophy teacher at the Collège St. Michel, a Grammar school founded in 1585 in Fribourg (Switzerland), and an associate member of the research centre PHARE, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.
From 2016 until 2021, I was SNSF Professor at the Philosophy Department of the University of Lausanne (Switzerland), and the PI of the research project Tolerance, Intolerance and Discrimination Regarding Religion.

Coming soon: The critical edition, with Knud Haakonssen, of Francis Hutcheson’s A System of Moral Philosophy, 1755 (Liberty Fund)

Book: Self-love, Egoism and the Selfish Hypothesis –
Edinburgh University Press 2019

Reviews in: Intellectual History Review, by James Harris; in Journal of Scottish Philosophy, by Erin Frykholm; in Journal of the History of Philosophy, by Aaron Garrett; in Journal for the History of Economic Thought, by Benoît Walraevens; in Eighteenth-Century Scotland, by Eugene Heath

My main research interests are in Ethics and Political Philosophy:

  • Contemporary debates on tolerance tolerationdiscriminationforgiveness and love; virtue ethics
  • Early modern moral philosophy, political philosophy and theology
  • Early modern debates on tolerance and toleration
  • Debates on self-loveamour-propre and egoism in early modern Europe
  • Scottish moral philosophy and theology in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries
  • The reception of Stoicism in early modern Europe
  • Teaching methods in philosophy, questions of interdisciplinarity
  • Translating and editing source material, e.g. Latin manuscripts and letters (see my edition of Shaftesbury’s “Pathologia” and of John Simson’s letters)
  • Individual philosophers, e.g.: Archibald Campbell, Bernard Mandeville, Francis Hutcheson

Institutional address:

Christian Maurer
Collège St. Michel
Rue St-Pierre-Canisius 10
CH – 1700 Fribourg
Suisse / Switzerland