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Rachel Cohon

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199268443

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199268443.001.0001

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Our Common Reading of Hume's Metaethics

Our Common Reading of Hume's Metaethics

(p.11) 1 Our Common Reading of Hume's Metaethics
Hume's Morality

Rachel Cohon (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter sketches a shared understanding of Hume's metaethics that most philosophers today have absorbed in their training on that subject, parts of which have been elaborated and defended by a number of scholarly interpreters. This is called the common reading of Hume's metaethics, because it is our default understanding, one that has shaped the way in which most readers of Hume who have a philosophical education read his text. It is argued that if we accept the common reading, we must concede that there are a great many puzzles and also errors and contradictions in Hume's ethical writings. The problems for the common reading may not be insurmountable, but they certainly provide good reasons to develop a different interpretation that can make better sense of the moral psychology of the Treatise.

Keywords:   Hume, common reading, metaethics, moral philosophy

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