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Reflecting Subjects: Passion, Sympathy, and Society in Hume's Philosophy

Jacqueline Taylor


The book begins with a close examination of Hume’s use of an experimental method to explain the origin, nature, and effects of pride, an indirect passion that reflects a person’s sense of self-worth in virtue of her valuable qualities, for example, her character or wealth. In explaining the origin of pride in terms of efficient causes, Hume displaces the traditional appeal to final causes, and is positioned to give an account of the significance for us of the passions in terms of a social theory. Chapter 2 begins to reconstruct this social theory, looking in particular at how the principle of ... More

Keywords: experimental method, sympathy, pride, social relations, power, moral sentiments, humanity, justice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198729525
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198729525.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jacqueline Taylor, author
University of San Francisco