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Hume's Morality: Feeling and Fabrication

Rachel Cohon


This book interprets the moral philosophy of David Hume, focusing on two areas: his metaethics and the artificial virtues. The book first reinterprets Hume's claim that moral distinctions are not derived from reason and explains why he makes it. It finds that Hume did not actually hold three ‘Humean’ claims: firstly that beliefs alone cannot move us to act, secondly that evaluative propositions cannot be validly inferred from purely factual propositions, or thirdly that moral judgments lack truth value. According to Hume, human beings discern moral virtues and vices by means of feeling or emot ... More

Keywords: metaethics, artificial virtues, moral distinctions, reason, evaluative propositions, factual propositions, moral judgments, truth value, vices, felt property

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199268443
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199268443.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rachel Cohon, author
The University at Albany, State University of New York
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