This introductory chapter begins with a brief discussion of the primary purpose of this book, which is reveal aspects of Hume's program in moral philosophy that have not been noticed, showing him to be as subversive a moral philosopher as he is a theorist of the mind. The book centers on two related theses: that for Hume all virtue and vice are discerned by feeling, and that for him certain virtues and vices are collectively fabricated to compensate for deficiencies in our natural human endowments. An overview of the subsequent chapters is presented.
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