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Hume’s Moral Philosophy and Contemporary Psychology

ISBN 9780367589219
Published August 14, 2020 by Routledge
398 Pages

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Book Description

Recent work at the intersection of moral philosophy and the philosophy of psychology has dealt mostly with Aristotelian virtue ethics. The dearth of scholarship that engages with Hume’s moral philosophy, however, is both noticeable and peculiar. Hume's Moral Philosophy and Contemporary Psychology demonstrates how Hume’s moral philosophy comports with recent work from the empirical sciences and moral psychology. It shows how contemporary work in virtue ethics has much stronger similarities to the metaphysically thin conception of human nature that Hume developed, rather than the metaphysically thick conception of human nature that Aristotle espoused. It also reveals how contemporary work in moral motivation and moral epistemology has strong affinities with themes in Hume’s sympathetic sentimentalism.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Hume's Moral Philosophy and Contemporary Psychology: An Overview

Philip A. Reed

1. Beyond the "Disease of the Learned": Hume on Passional Disorders

Margaret Watkins

2. Hume on the Rarity of Virtue

Philip A. Reed

3. Spontaneity, Intuition, and Humean Virtue

Erin Frykholm

4. Character, Culture, and Humean Virtue Ethics: Insights from Situationism and Confucianism

Rico Vitz

5. Empahty, Autism, and Hume

Katharina Paxman Renick

6. Cultivating Empathic Concern and Altruistic Motivation: Insights from Hume and Batson

Annette Pierdziwol

7. Preserving Practicality: In Defense of Hume's Sympathy-Based Ethics

Lorenzo Greco

8. Hume, Bloom, and Moral Inclusion

Anne Jacobson

9. Empathy, Interdependency, and Morality: Building from Hume's Account

Lorraine Besser

10. The Philosophical Power of Hume's Notion of Love

Christine Swanton

11. Hume on the Methods and Limits of the Science of Human Nature

Saul Traiger

12. Hume on Moral Motivation

Michael Gill

13. Passionate Regulation and the Practicality of Reason

Elizabeth Radcliffe

14. Hume on Affective Leadership

Eric Schliesser

Conclusion: Hume's Moral Philosophy and Contemporary Psychology: Future Directions

Rico Vitz

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Philip A. Reed is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Canisius College, USA where he also codirects the Ethics and Justice Programs. His main areas of interest are in ethics, political philosophy, and moral psychology. His articles on Hume's moral psychology appear in such places as History of Philosophy Quarterly, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, and Canadian Journal of Philosophy. He has also published articles in Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, and Christian Bioethics.

Rico Vitz is Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Azusa Pacific University, USA and serves as the Executive Vice President-Treasurer of the Hume Society. He is the author of Reforming the Art of Living: Nature, Virtue, and Religion in Descartes's Epistemology, co-editor of The Ethics of Belief: Individual and Social, and the editor of Turning East: Contemporary Philosophers and the Ancient Christian Faith.


"The volume's warm and enthusiastic endorsement of recent empirical sciences and its relation to Hume is welcome . . . It is great to have in a single volume a variety of illuminating ways in which Hume's morals are relevant to recent empirical work."Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

"Hume's Moral Philosophy and Contemporary Psychology is an exceptionally interesting and illuminating reflection on Hume’s contributions to moral philosophy and in particular its relations, both methodological and doctrinal, to contemporary cognitive psychology."John Bricke, Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, University of Kansas

"I consider this book a treasured contribution to moral psychology. All of the chapters provide valuable insight into the relevance of Hume's moral philosophy to contemporary psychology and will be of interest to scholars and students interested in these discussions. The chapters are well-ordered in accordance with the questions they attempt to answer, and the style of writing is very clear. The introduction chapter by Reed and the conclusion chapter by Vitz are especially helpful for the reader who wants to make a straight to the point reading." - Saliha Bayır, Metapsychology Online Reviews