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David Hume: Moral and Political Theorist

Russell Hardin


This book presents a new explication of David Hume's moral and political theory. With Hume, the book holds that our normative views can be scientifically explained but they cannot be justified as true. Hume argued for the psychological basis of such views. In particular, he argued for sympathy as the mirroring of the psychological sensations and emotions of others. By placing Hume in the developing tradition of social science, as a strong forerunner of his younger friend Adam Smith, the book demonstrates Hume's strong strategic sense, his nascent utilitarianism, his powerful theory of conventi ... More

Keywords: moral theory, political theory, normative views, Adam Smith, utilitarianism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199232567
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199232567.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Russell Hardin, author
New York University
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