PSCI 181 (Hume) 3-17

PSCI 181 (Hume) 3-17 - Sympathy should facilitate the...

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Andrew Valenti 3/17/08 Note: Delete Book II, part 2, sect. 7 (pp.238-40) and Book II, part 2, sect. 1 David Hume- Treatise of Human Nature Theory of Morality Results of sympathy are universal o You can only approve or disapprove Objects of sympathy, however, are not universal Motivation (p. 320) Political Allegiance o Based on interest + sympathy How is sympathy activated? Examples “opinion” not consent o Possession o Rebellion Situating Individuality and Choice …? Privacy is a product of obligation (p. 333) o Duty and natural inclination obligation o Fidelity is not a natural virtue Law makes it possible for us to keep our promises better o (p. 341) Justice-
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Unformatted text preview: Sympathy should facilitate the general point of view • Conquest, succession, and positive law o Similar justifications for government o Whatever government is in power is legitimate • Right 2 rebellion- what does that mean? o (opening of Sec. X) – things have to be bad enough that we would risk total anarchy before we will be motivated to rebel o Its more of a psychological theory than a moral one • Equality- not based on a priori principles o Hume is more like Locke, more of a description of society (more positive view), not a fundamentally moral account. o Assumes that people are going to react in roughly the same way...
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