Abstract

A standard view in contemporary moral philosophy is that a naturalistic account of human nature cannot be normative because there is an unbridgeable gap between explanations of what is the case and accounts of what ought to be. However, in Hume's account of the passions, specifically the passion of pride, he offers an account of our passional life that is descriptive yet value-laden. This enables what is a naturalistic account of human nature to, in fact, be normative.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1538-4586
Print ISSN
0022-5053
Pages
pp. 145-163
Launched on MUSE
2003-04-25
Open Access
No
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