If Hume Knew Neuroscience: A Suggestion on the Opacity of Moral Sentiments

Posted: 16 May 2009

Date Written: May 21, 2009

Abstract

Hume (and others) have noted the opacity of moral sentiments to the powers of reason. This separation is one of the sources of a suggestion that the two cannot be combined - sometimes incorporated into the naturalistic fallacy. I will suggest an alternative interpretation of this separation, an interpretation based in the strategic role of the sentiments as guarantors of moral commitments.

Suggested Citation

Goodenough, Oliver R., If Hume Knew Neuroscience: A Suggestion on the Opacity of Moral Sentiments (May 21, 2009). Gruter Institute Squaw Valley Conference 2009: Law, Behavior & the Brain. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1405314

Oliver R. Goodenough (Contact Author)

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