Discussing parts of David Hume's Treatise of Human Nature (1740) and Adam Smith’s The Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759).
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Where do we get our moral ideas? Hume and Smith both thought that we get them by reflecting on our own moral judgments and on how we and others (including imaginary, hypothesized others) in turn judge those judgments. Mark, Wes, Seth, and guest Getty Lustila, a phil grad student at Georgia State University, hash through the Scottish stoicism to lay out the differences between these two gents and whether their views constitute an actual moral theory or just a descriptive enterprise.
We read the sections from the Treatise and from Smith in D.D. Raphael's collection British Moralists: 1650-1800 (Volumes 2): Volume II: Hume - Bentham, and Index Read more about the topic and selections.
End song: "Honest Judge" by New People from the 2010 album "Impossible Things," written and sung by Nate Pinney.