David Hume

Stephen Buckle

in Natural Law and the Theory of Property

Published in print September 1993 | ISBN: 9780198240945
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680304 | DOI:

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David Hume

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Justice requires the following of a rule regardless of its consequences in particular cases, and where these consequences are contrary to benevolence the Hutchesonian moral sense theory cannot account for our obligation to be just. It cannot explain our sense of justice, of duty. The burden of this chapter is that one central aim of Hume's moral and political theory is to solve this internal problem of natural jurisprudence, and that he can therefore be understood to be a contributor to natural law social theory. Before turning to the problems this view raises, it considers briefly the views of one of Hume's more sympathetic contemporary critics.

Keywords: David Hume; moral theory; political theory; Newtonian philosopher; jurisprudence

Chapter.  27423 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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