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AuthorJensen, Henning. author
TitleMotivation and the Moral Sense in Francis Hutcheson's Ethical Theory [electronic resource] / by Henning Jensen
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1971
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Descript X, 128 p. online resource


Although the works of Francis Hutcheson are unfamiliar to most students of philosophy, it cannot be said that he has been entirely ignored. To be sure, most of the recent writers who deal with Hutcheson's philosophy do so in the course of writing about Hutcheson's famous contemporary, David Hume. This is true, for example, of Norman Kemp Smith, whose book entitled The Philosophy of David Hume 1 includes much detailed information concerning Hume's indebtedness to Hutcheson. But others have written about Hutcheson on his own account. William R. Scott's Francis Hutcheson,2 although mainly biographical and historical, is well worth reading. In his article "Some Reflections on Moral-Sense Theories in Ethics," 3 C. D. Broad presents a sustained analysis of the sort of theory held by Hutcheson. D. Daiches Raphael's The Moral Sense 4 is competent, interesting, and especially valuable in its treatment of epistemological issues surrounding the moral sense theory. William K. Frankena's article entitled "Hutcheson's Moral Sense Theory" Ji is searchยญ ing and profound. And, most recent of all, a book by William T. Blackยญ stone has appeared entitled Francis Hutcheson and Contemporary Ethiยญ cal Theory. 6 One of the difficulties encountered in presenting a study of Hutcheson is that all of his books are extremely rare. Fortunately, L. A. Selby-Bigge'l) 1 Nonnan Kemp Smith, The Philosophy of David Hume (London: Macmillan and Co. , Limited, 1949). Ii William Robert Scott, Francis Hutcheson (Cambridge, Eng. : Cambridge Uniยญ venity Press, 1900)


Hutcheson's Life and Works -- Method of Treatment -- I.Hutcheson's Theory of Motivation -- The Origins and Distinctive Characteristics of Hutcheson's -- Theory of Motivation -- Hutcheson's Refutation of Egoism -- Hutcheson's Treatment of Desire and Pleasure -- The Calm Desires -- The Place of Reason in Conduct -- Concluding Comments on Hutcheson's Theory of Motivation -- II. Hutcheson's Moral Sense Theory -- Shaftesbury's Influence -- The Epistemological Background of Hutcheson's Moral Sense Theory -- The Nature and Function of the Moral Sense -- The Nature of Moral Judgments -- III. The Moral Sense and Motivation -- Introductory Statement of Problem -- Hutcheson's Criticisms of the Rationalists -- The Moral Sense and Motivation -- Obligation and motivation -- Concluding Remarks -- IV. Motivation and the Moral Sense in Hutgheson's Later Works -- V. Concluding Remarks -- The Moral Sense and Moral Feelings -- The Justification of Moral Judgments -- The Nature of Moral Judgments -- Motivation and the Moral Sense -- Selected Bibliography

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