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Hume, David (1711-1776)
An enquiry concerning the principles of morals.
London : Printed for A. Millar, 1751.

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The great Scots philosopher David Hume (1711-76) regarded his Enquiry concerning the principles of morals (1751) as his best book. While this opinion is not widely held today, it is still acknowledged to contain an excellent account of his moral theory written in his most engaging prose. The theory is developed as part of Hume’s ‘science of nature’ and without appeal to religion. Its importance lies in the central role that Hume gives the passions and the inspiration it subsequently gave to the British utilitarians, though Hume himself was not strictly a utilitarian.

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