David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Political Theory 32 (5):628-655 (2004)
The close connection between norms and motives that is characteristic of Hume's moral theory threatens to break down when it comes to the political matter of justice. Here a gap arises between the moral approval of justice, which is based on its utility, and the desires that motivate just action, which utility cannot fully explain. Therefore the obligation to justice may seem to be motivationally unsupported. This difficulty is compounded by the fact that, for Hume, no obligation can arise unless a normally effective motivation exists for it. In addition to disabling just action, then, the motivational deficit threatens to undercut the normative status of justice as a virtue. A solution to this dilemma lies in what Hume calls the "immediately agreeable" condition of "integrity" or "character." The agreeableness of integrity indirectly confers upon justice a luster that makes it attractive and obligatory even when it does not actually serve the interests of individual or society, and when self-interest and sympathy fall short in sustaining compliance
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
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
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Margaret Watkins Tate (2005). Obligation, Justice, and the Will in Hume's Moral Philosophy. Hume Studies 31 (1):93-122.
Spencer J. Pack & Eric Schliesser (2006). Smith's Humean Criticism of Hume's Account of the Origin of Justice. Journal of the History of Philosophy 44 (1):47-63.
Annette Baier (2010). The Cautious Jealous Virtue: Hume on Justice. Harvard University Press.
Mark E. Yellin (2000). Indirect Utility, Justice, and Equality in the Political Thought of David Hume. Critical Review 14 (4):375-389.
Mark Collier (2011). Hume's Natural History of Justice. In C. Taylor & S. Buckle (eds.), Hume and the Enlightenment.
Larry R. Churchill (1999). Looking to Hume for Justice: On the Utility of Hume's View of Justice for American Health Care Reform. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 24 (4):352 – 364.
Sheldon Wein (1988). Humean Minds and Moral Theory. Philosophy Research Archives 14:229-236.
John R. Bowlin (2000). Sieges, Shipwrecks, and Sensible Knaves: Justice and Utility in Butler and Hume. Journal of Religious Ethics 28 (2):253 - 280.
Michael S. Pritchard (2008). Justice And Resentment In Hume, Reid, And Smith. Journal of Scottish Philosophy 6 (1):59-70.
Xianzhong Huang (2007). Justice as a Virtue: An Analysis of Aristotle's Virtue of Justice. [REVIEW] Frontiers of Philosophy in China 2 (2):265-279.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads19 ( #96,262 of 1,166,392 )
Recent downloads (6 months)3 ( #60,802 of 1,166,392 )
How can I increase my downloads?