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Jan 24
15:00 - 17:00
Hume and Smith on Moral Motivation
Philosophy Work in Progress
Professor Michael Gill (University of Arizona)

Abstract: David Hume argues that because our moral judgments are necessarily motivating they must not originate in reason alone.  But it is unclear what Hume thinks moral motivation amounts to.  I examine Hume's various positions on moral motivation and show how they relate to contemporary work in moral psychology.  I also examine Adam Smith's refinement of Hume's ideas, and suggest that the resulting view fits the phenomena of moral motivation better than many influential alternatives, such as those of Kant and Bernard Williams.

Location

Seminar Room 13,
Keynes College,
University of Kent,
Canterbury,
Kent,
CT2 7NP
United Kingdom
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Contact: Dr Alexandra Couto
E: A.Couto@kent.ac.uk

 

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