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David Hume is widely recognised as the greatest philosopher to have written in the English language. His Treatise on Human Nature is one of the most important works of moral philosophy ever written.
Hume on Morality introduces and assesses
* Hume's life and the background of the Treatise
* The ideas and text in the
* Hume's continuing importance to philosophy
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'... A superb example of sober thinking and meticulous attention to detail... generate interest that it deserves.' - Journal of Consciousness Studies
Provides a map to Books 2 and 3 of David Hume's , focusing on Hume's theory of the passions and morality. Sets out principal ideas and arguments of the in a clear and readable way, and also covers , and the essay "Of the Standard of Taste." Baillie teaches philosophy at the University of Portland. 5.25x8.25<">. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415180498
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/28/2000
  • Series: Routledge Philosophy GuideBooks Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 7.12 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

List of abbreviations
1 Introduction 1
Life and times 1
Methods and aims 10
Moral sense 15
2 Background on the understanding 19
Impressions and ideas 20
Causation 24
Denial of physical and mental substance 31
3 The passions 37
The social self 37
The direct passions 39
Pride and humility 42
Object and cause 45
The double association of impressions and ideas 51
Refinements to the rule 53
Sympathy 56
Love and hatred 60
Sympathy and comparison 65
4 Motivation and will 73
Freedom and the will 73
Reason cannot directly motivate action 86
Passions as 'original existents' 90
A Humean account of motivation 97
Calm passions 99
5 Against moral rationalism 105
Introduction 105
Two rationalists: Clarke and Wollaston 107
Morals and motives 121
Demonstrative reasoning cannot ground morality 125
Factual error cannot be the source of immorality 131
'Is' and 'ought' 136
The moral sentiments 139
6 The virtues 143
The four sources of personal merit 143
Against egoism 147
Justice as an artificial virtue 153
The origin of justice and property 159
Natural preconditions of justice 172
The acquisition and transfer of property 177
The artificiality of promises 180
Self-interest in its proper place 185
7 The moral stance 189
Sympathy and its correction 189
A standard of taste 199
A standard of morals 210
Bibliography 217
Index 223
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