If Hume Knew Neuroscience: A Suggestion on the Opacity of Moral Sentiments
Posted: 16 May 2009
Date Written: May 21, 2009
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.
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