Passion, Reason, and Morality


in Philosophy and Ideology in Hume's Political Thought

Published in print March 1984 | ISBN: 9780198246589
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191681028 | DOI:
Passion, Reason, and Morality

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This chapter examines Hume's account of the passions and moral judgement. It attempts to place in perspective two of Hume's most celebrated themes: that reason is the slave of the passions, and that moral distinctions are not derived from reason. The chapter also sums up the interpretation of Hume's moral philosophy in general as a mitigated form of scepticism.

Keywords: Hume; passions; moral judgement; moral philosophy; scepticism

Chapter.  8985 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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