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Freedom and Moral Sentiment: Hume's Way of Naturalizing Responsibility

Paul Russell


This book presents a critical examination of Hume's views on the subject of freedom and moral responsibility. It is widely held that Hume's discussions “Of liberty and necessity,” as presented in both the Treatise and first Enquiry, constitute the classical statement of the “compatibilist” position – the view that freedom and moral responsibility cannot only be reconciled with causation but actually require it. According to the classical interpretation, what is central to Hume's strategy is a distinction between two kinds of freedom: a freedom that implies the absence of causation and a freedo ... More

Keywords: causation, compatibilism, conceptual analysis, determinism, free will, history of philosophy, Hume, libertarianism, metaphysics, naturalism, responsibility, secularism, voluntarism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195152906
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195152905.001.0001


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Paul Russell, author
University of British Columbia
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