Justice as an Artificial Virtue


in Philosophy and Ideology in Hume's Political Thought

Published in print March 1984 | ISBN: 9780198246589
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191681028 | DOI:
Justice as an Artificial Virtue

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Having completed his account of moral judgement in general, Hume divides the particular virtues into two categories, the natural and the artificial. Justice, which, briefly, consists in a respect for others' property rights, is categorized as artificial. This chapter presents a general sketch of Hume's conception of justice as an artificial virtue, and then examines the content of the rules of justice and asks how, if at all, judgement enters into their formation.

Keywords: Hume; justice; artificial virtue; judgement

Chapter.  8107 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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