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The Vera Causa Principle in the 18th Century Moral Philosophy

Morett, Fernando (2014) The Vera Causa Principle in the 18th Century Moral Philosophy. [Preprint]

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Abstract

David Hume has been largely read as a philosopher but not as a scientist. In this article I discuss his work exclusively as a case of science; in particular as a case of early modern science. I compare the moral psychology of self-interest, sympathy and sentiments of humanity he argues for with the moral psychology of universal self-interest from Bernard Mandeville, presenting the controversy between the two as a case of theory choice.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Morett, Fernandof.morett@lse.ac.uk
Additional Information: To appear in 'Causes and Consequences', 2015, Rom Harré and Fathali Moghaddam (eds), Springer
Keywords: David Hume, Bernard Mandeville, moral psychology, self-interest, sympathy, theory choice, vera causa, simplicity, inductive support, experimentum crucis
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Specific Sciences > Psychology/Psychiatry
General Issues > Theory Change
Depositing User: Fernando Morett
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2014 16:05
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2014 16:05
Item ID: 10906
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Specific Sciences > Psychology/Psychiatry
General Issues > Theory Change
Date: 26 July 2014
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10906

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