Hume Studies 23 (2):195-212 (1997)

Susan M. Purviance
University of Toledo
I argue that Hume and Kant avoid any scepticism about the unity of the self which would undermine a practical notion of the moral self. Specifically, David Hume provides for the authenticity of a moral self unified by the indirect passions of pride and humility. These passions take the self as their object and, thus, make moot any worries about personal identity from Book One of Hume's Treatise. This account of the moral self, which I call the fact of agency theory, improves upon Jane McIntyre's account because it avoids metaphysical problems associated with Hume's principles of mental association
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