David Hume and the Enlightenment

Programs for Teachers
Newberry Teachers' Consortium
Monday, April 12, 2010

The Scottish philosopher, essayist and historian, David Hume, was among the first great thinkers of the Enlightenment, and among the first to develop a thoroughly secular account of morality – an account that continues to be a live option.  In this seminar participants will read selections from Hume’s short work, /An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals/, and will scrutinize his claim that morality is a matter of our feelings and sentiments, and is not located in our rational capacities.  Participants will also assess his claim that justice is a merely artificial virtue, a virtue that, in principle, need never have arisen and that could, in principle, disappear.

Seminar led by Daniel Brudney, University of Chicago

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