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3rd Earl of Shaftesbury (1671—1713)

Francis Hutcheson (1694—1746) moral philosopher

David Hume (1711—1776) philosopher and historian


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1 The position in moral theory especially associated with Shaftesbury, Hutcheson, and Hume, that sees ethics as founded upon human sentiments, such as sympathy. It was especially defined in opposition to the view that ethics is the deliverance of reason or revelation.

2 The emotionally extravagant and shallow indulgence of feelings.

Subjects: Philosophy.

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