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Subject/Keyword
Aesthetics
Hume
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Goodine, Elliot J
Supervisor and department
Schmitter, Amy (Philosophy)
Examining committee member and department
Welchman, Jennifer (Philosophy)
Binhammer, Katherine (English and Film Studies)
Hunter, Bruce (Philosophy)
Department
Department of Philosophy
Specialization

Date accepted
2012-08-29T13:44:06Z
Graduation date
2012-11
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
Objectors to Hume’s sentimentalist moral theory charge that a system of morality grounded in sentiments cannot provide us with a set of standards that are stable across times and places. Hume addresses this worry in his appeal to what he calls the General Point of View, accounting for how we correct sentiments. Many explanations of the GPoV rely heavily on the perceptual analogy, comparing moral judgment to sense-perceiving physical objects. I explain the perceptual analogy, and then show its limitations for explaining Hume’s moral theory. In the second section, I explain Hume’s analogy between virtue and beauty. I show how Hume characterizes the correction of aesthetic sentiments in his essay “Of The Standard of Taste,” and then I show how the analogy between beauty and virtue can help us to defend Hume against his objectors, and that the aesthetic analogy helpfully explains Hume’s theory of morals.
Language
English
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doi:10.7939/R3512H
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