Concerning the Principles of Morals Study Guide

Concerning the Principles of Morals

Concerning the Principles of Morals by David Hume

Concerning the Principles of Morals is a philosophical treatise by David Hume that identifies the impetus for moral judgment and the criteria employed in such judgment. Contrary to many ethicists of his time and central to his thesis, Hume asserts that morals derive from sentiments rather than reason. Employing an empirical approach, Hume devises a theory of sympathy, rejecting Hobbes' belief in psychological egoism. Hume argues that moral judgment ultimately concerns people's character rather than actions and goes on to reject ascetic Christian values he deems useless to society.

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