David Hume: Moral and Political Theorist

Paperback | September 1, 2009

byRussell Hardin

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Russell Hardin presents a new explication of David Hume's moral and political theory. With Hume, he holds that our normative views can be scientifically explained but they cannot be justified as true. Hume argued for the psychological basis of such views. In particular, he argued forsympathy as the mirroring of the psychological sensations and emotions of others. By placing Hume in the developing tradition of social science, as a strong forerunner of his younger friend Adam Smith, Hardin demonstrates Hume's strong strategic sense, his nascent utilitarianism, his powerfultheory of convention as a main source of social and political order, and his recognition of moral and political theory as a single enterprise.

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Russell Hardin presents a new explication of David Hume's moral and political theory. With Hume, he holds that our normative views can be scientifically explained but they cannot be justified as true. Hume argued for the psychological basis of such views. In particular, he argued forsympathy as the mirroring of the psychological sens...

Russell Hardin is Professor of Politics at New York University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.07 inPublished:September 1, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199571538

ISBN - 13:9780199571536

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Hume's Place in History2. Moral Psychology3. Strategic Analysis4. Convention5. Political Theory6. Justice As Order7. Utilitarianism8. Value Theory9. RetrospectiveReferencesEndnotes