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Hume's Naturalism and Strawson's Reconciling Project

Paul Russell

in Freedom and Moral Sentiment

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780195152906
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199869343 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195152905.003.0006
 Hume's Naturalism and Strawson's Reconciling Project

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The best way to reveal the contemporary relevance and interest of the naturalistic interpretation of Hume's “reconciling project” is to show the striking affinities between it and P. F. Strawson's influential views on this subject. Whereas the classical interpretation presents Hume as an obvious and notable target of Strawson's criticisms, the naturalistic interpretation presents Hume as anticipating the general strategy that Strawson advances in his influential paper “Freedom and Resentment.” There are, however, several significant points of contrast, as well as resemblance, between Hume and Strawson, and this includes Hume's more detailed concern with the relevance of necessity for the actual operation of the moral sentiments.

Keywords: compatibilism; justification; moral psychology; moral sentiment; naturalism; reconciling project; skepticism; Spinoza; P. F. Strawson

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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