An Essay on the Nature and Conduct of the Passions and Affections with Illustrations on the Moral Sense
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo) (1769)
An Essay on the Nature and Conduct of the Passions and Affections, with Illustrations on the Moral Sense (1728), jointly with Francis Hutcheson’s earlier work Inquiry into the Original of Our Ideas of Beauty and Virtue (1725), presents one of the most original and wide-ranging moral philosophies of the eighteenth century. These two works, each comprising two semi-autonomous treatises, were widely translated and vastly influential throughout the eighteenth century in England, continental Europe, and America. The two works had their greatest impact in Scotland and influenced many well-known Scottish philosophers, particularly those writing after the last Jacobite upheaval, in 1745. This can be seen in the concern of the post-1745 generation with analyzing human nature as the foundation of moral theory, with the “moral sense” and moral epistemology more generally, with the impartial spectator and the calm passions, and with the independence of benevolence from self-interest. In addition to the influence of his writings, Hutcheson was also a famed teacher whose Glasgow students, notably Adam Smith, held sway over generations of Scottish moral philosophers. Despite their impact on Scottish letters, the four treatises were in fact written in Dublin, and the philosophers to whom Hutcheson responded and with whom he debated were in the main not Scottish but English, Irish, French, Roman, and Greek. Consequently, part of Hutcheson’s legacy was a cosmopolitan outlook among enlightened Scots, who learned to turn their eyes far from home.
|Keywords||Francis Hutcheson moral sense Passions|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Buy the book||$24.00 direct from Amazon $24.00 new $54.10 used Amazon page|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Michael B. Gill (2007). Moral Rationalism Vs. Moral Sentimentalism: Is Morality More Like Math or Beauty? Philosophy Compass 2 (1):16–30.
Christian Maurer (2012). Archibald Campbell's Views of Self-Cultivation and Self-Denial in Context. Journal of Scottish Philosophy 10 (1):13-27.
Michael Gill (2008). Variability and Moral Phenomenology. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 7 (1):99-113.
Rafe McGregor (2015). Making Sense of Moral Perception. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 18 (4):745-758.
Jon Rick (2007). Hume's and Smith's Partial Sympathies and Impartial Stances. Journal of Scottish Philosophy 5 (2):135-158.
Similar books and articles
Iii Holmes Rolston (1979). Can and Ought We to Follow Nature? Environmental Ethics 1 (1):7-30.
Bernd Graefrath (2003). :An Essay on the Nature and Conduct of the Passions and Affections, with Illustrations on the Moral Sense. Journal of Scottish Philosophy 1 (2):179-181.
Bernd Graefrath (2003). Review of Francis Hutcheson: An Essay on the Nature and Conduct of the Passions and Affections, with Illustrations on the Moral Sense. [REVIEW] Journal of Scottish Philosophy 1 (2):179-181.
Francis Hutcheson (1742/1969). An Essay on the Nature and Conduct of the Passions and Affections. Gainesville, Fla.,Scholars' Facsimiles & Reprints.
Francis Hutcheson (1745/1969). Collected Works. Hildesheim, G. Olms.
Luigi Turco (2000). On the Nature and Conduct of the Passions, with Illustrations on the Moral Sense, 1728. Hume Studies 26 (2):354-355.
Christian Maurer (2010). Hutcheson's Relation to Stoicism in the Light of His Moral Psychology. Journal of Scottish Philosophy 8 (1):33-49.
John J. Tilley (2012). Exciting Reasons and Moral Rationalism in Hutcheson's Illustrations Upon the Moral Sense. Journal of the History of Philosophy 50 (1):53-83.
Rolston (1979). Can and Ought We to Follow Nature? Environmental Ethics 1 (1):7-30.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads48 ( #85,325 of 1,792,035 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #463,591 of 1,792,035 )
How can I increase my downloads?