Hume's Moral Theory
Hume's moral theory was the most important contribution to the sustained debate among the British Moralists of the 17th and 18th centuries. J.L. Mackie's classic text examines this debate and provides an excellent introduction to some of the main problems of moral philosophy.
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OUTLINE OF HUMES THEORY
HOBBES SHAFTESBURY CLARKE WOLLASTON MANDEVILLE HUTCHESON BUTLER
III HUMES PSYCHOLOGY OF ACTION
IV MORALITY NOT BASED ON REASON
V VARIANTS OF SENTIMENTALISM
VI THE ARTIFICIAL VIRTUES
VII THE NATURAL VIRTUES
SMITH PRICE REID
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