Religion and Faction in Hume's Moral Philosophy

Religion and Faction in Hume's Moral Philosophy

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Cambridge University Press
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Religion and Faction in Hume's Moral Philosophy

This book explores Hume's concern with the destructiveness of religious factions and his efforts to develop, in his moral philosophy, a solution to factional conflict. Sympathy and the related capacity to enter into foreign points of view are crucial to the neutralization of religious zeal and the naturalization of ethics. Jennifer Herdt suggests that Hume's preoccupation with religious faction is the key which reveals the unity of his varied philosophical, aesthetic, political, and historical works.

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ISBN-13: 9780521554428
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/23/1997
Series: Cambridge Studies in Religion and Critical Thought Series , #3
Pages: 316
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations; Preface; Introduction; 1. Setting sympathy's stage; 2. Displacing providence; 3. 'Poetical systems' and the pleasures of tragedy; 4. Sympathetic understanding and the threat of difference; 5. Religion and irrationality in history; Conclusion; Bibliography.

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