Reading Hume on the Principles of Morals

ISBN : 9780199603732

Jacqueline Taylor
352 Pages
153 x 234 mm
Pub date
Jan 2020
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Hume's Enquiry concerning the Principles of Morals is one of the landmark works in the history of moral philosophy; this volume presents a section-by-section study of the work in the form of new interpretative essays by leading Hume scholars.
The result is a comprehensive reassessment of Hume's 'recasting' of his moral philosophy in this work. Particular attention is given to the Enlightenment concepts of justice and benevolence, as well as to the concept of humanity and moral sentiment. Fifteen original chapters take the reader through the nine sections and four appendices of Hume's Enquiry, as well as 'A Dialogue,' to assess critically the moral philosophy he presents. How does it differ from the moral philosophy of the Treatise, and how should we understand the significance of the arguments he advances? Additional chapters examine the relation between Hume's mature moral philosophy and related subjects such as his epistemology, his writings on religion, beauty, and criticism, the passions, and his own intellectual and philosophical development during the period in which he conceived and wrote the Enquiry.


Jacqueline Taylor: Introduction

1 Jacqueline Taylor: Hume's Revisions, and the Structure and Main Argument of EPM

2 Moritz Baumstark: The Biographical Background of the Second Enquiry

3 Angela Calvo De Saavedra: Benevolence and Self-Interest in Hume's Moral Philosophy

4 James Harris: Justice in An Enquiry concerning the Principles of Morals

5 Anthony E. Pitson: Sympathy, Humanity, and the Foundation of Morals

6 Colin Heydt: Hume's Innovative Taxonomy of the Virtues

7 Rachel Cohon: Virtue as a Means to Happiness in Hume's Second Enquiry

8 P. J. E. Kail: Concerning Moral Sentiment: The Moral Sense in the Enquiry concerning the Principles of Morals

9 Remy Debes: Hume on Personal Merit: Virtue, Talent, and the Import of EPM Appendix 4

10 Dario Perinetti: Morality and the Historical Point of View: Reading A Dialogue

11 Amy Schmitter: Negotiating Pluralism in Taste and Character: Reading the Second Enquiry with Of the Standard of Taste

12 Thomas Holden: Religion and the Perversion of Philosophy in Hume's Enquiry concerning the Principles of Morals

13 Jane L. McIntyre: The Passions in An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals

14 Peter Millican: The Relation between Hume's Two Enquiries

15 Emilio Mazza: The eloquent Enquiry: Merit or Virtue in its Proper Colours

About the author: 

Jacqueline Taylor is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of San Francisco. She is author of Reflecting Subjects: Passion, Sympathy, and Society in Hume's Philosophy (OUP 2015), as well as numerous articles on Hume, the Enlightenment, and moral psychology. She is also co-editor of the Cambridge Companion to Hume (CUP 2009).

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