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Hume's Moral Philosophy and Contemporary Psychology

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2018.11.06 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Philip A. Reed and Rico Vitz (eds.), Hume's Moral Philosophy and Contemporary Psychology, Routledge, 2018, 386pp., $140.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781138744752. Reviewed by Angela M. Coventry, Portland State University David Hume's eighteenth-century vision of a science of the mind resonates in a variety of contemporary sciences. For instance, Jerry Fodor views Hume's first work, A Treatise of Human Nature (1739-40), as the "foundational" text in cognitive science,[1] and in neuroscience, Patricia Churchland links the human biological capacity for caring to Hume's moral sentiment.[2] The aim of the present collection is to make connections between Hume's moral philosophy and contemporary work in psychology, and the empirical sciences more generally. A lot of work has been done already on this with Aristotelian virtue ethics, but the relevance of Hume's moral theory has been... Read More

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