Reid's Ethics

[Revised entry by Terence Cuneo on October 12, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] We are often told that the moral theories defended by modern philosophers fall into two types. On the one
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[Revised entry by Terence Cuneo on October 12, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] We are often told that the moral theories defended by modern philosophers fall into two types. On the one hand are rationalist positions developed by thinkers such as Samuel Clarke, William Wollaston, and Richard Price. The rationalists, it is said, believe that reason is the basis of morality, as morality is (in some sense) both grounded in and grasped by reason. On the other hand are sentimentalist positions championed by philosophers such as the Third Earl of Shaftesbury, Francis Hutcheson, and David Hume. The...

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