David Hume: Moral and Political Theorist

David Hume: Moral and Political Theorist

by Russell Hardin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199232563

ISBN-13: 9780199232567

Pub. Date: 10/18/2007

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Russell Hardin presents a new explication of David Hume's moral and political theory. With Hume, he holds that our normative views can be scientifically explained but they cannot be justified as true. Hume argued for the psychological basis of such views. In particular, he argued for sympathy as the mirroring of the psychological sensations and emotions of others.

Overview

Russell Hardin presents a new explication of David Hume's moral and political theory. With Hume, he holds that our normative views can be scientifically explained but they cannot be justified as true. Hume argued for the psychological basis of such views. In particular, he argued for sympathy as the mirroring of the psychological sensations and emotions of others. By placing Hume in the developing tradition of social science, as a strong forerunner of his younger friend Adam Smith, Hardin demonstrates Hume's strong strategic sense, his nascent utilitarianism, his powerful theory of convention as a main source of social and political order, and his recognition of moral and political theory as a single enterprise.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199232567
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
10/18/2007
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1. Hume's Place in History
2. Moral Psychology
3. Strategic Analysis
4. Convention
5. Political Theory
6. Justice As Order
7. Utilitarianism
8. Value Theory
9. Retrospective
References
Endnotes

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