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Hume's Theory of Justice

Jonathan Harrison


Hume's A Treatise of Human Nature was published between 1739 and 1740. Book I, entitled ‘Of the Understanding’, contains Hume's epistemology, i.e., his account of the manner in which we acquire knowledge in general, its justification (to the extent that he thought it could be justified), and its limits. Book II, entitled ‘Of the Passions’, expounds most of what could be called Hume's philosophy of psychology in general, and his moral psychology (including discussions of the problem of the freedom of the will and the rationality of action) in particular. Book III, entitled ‘Of Morals’, is also ... More

Keywords: Hume, Human Nature, theory of justice, empiricism, rules, conventions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1980 Print ISBN-13: 9780198246190
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198246190.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Harrison, author