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Mind and Morality: An Examination of Hume's Moral Psychology

John Bricke


This is a philosophical study of the theory of mind and morality that David Hume developed in his Treatise of Human Nature and other writings. The chief elements in this theory of mind are Hume's accounts of reasons for action and of the complex interrelations of desire, volition, and affection. On this basis, the book lays out and defends Hume's thoroughgoing non-cognitivist theory of moral judgement, and shows that cognitivist and standard sentimentalist readings of Hume are unsatisfactory, as are the usual interpretations of his views on the connections between morality, justice, and conven ... More

Keywords: mind, morality, David Hume, desire, action, volition, affection, moral judgement, justice, convention

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198250111
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198250111.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Bricke, author
University of Kansas