Book Review: Jacqueline Taylor, Reflecting Subjects: Passion, Sympathy, and Society in Hume’s Philosophy

The first review of Jacqueline Taylor’s “Reflecting Subjects”, by Christopher Williams, was published by Notre Dame Review of Books this week.



15 anos de Grupo Hume

O Grupo Hume convida a todas e todos para a comemoração de 15 anos de trabalhos!

As salas exatas serão confirmadas em breve nesse post. A Programação completa é a seguinte:

26/08 – Quarta

26/08 17:00 – Inscrições e Abertura Oficial

27/08 – Quinta
10:30 – Jacqueline Taylor (University of San Francisco)
12:30 – Almoço
14:30 – Hugo Cerqueira (UFMG| Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais)

28/08 – Sexta
10:30 – Jaimir Conte (UFSC| Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina)
12:30 – Encerramento Oficial

29/08 – Sábado
10:00 – Café com filosofia

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Journal: Diametros’ Special Issue on “Justice and Compassion – Hume’s Moral Philosophy and Contemporary Practical Ethics”

Polish journal Diametros has published a special topic on “Justice and Compassion – Hume’s Moral Philosophy and Contemporary Practical Ethics” within its last number. All papers can be downloaded free of charge. The list of papers is copied below:

“Hume, Justice and Sympathy: A Reversal of the Natural Order?”, Sophie Botros

“Why Compassion Still Needs Hume Today”, Edward W. Glowienka

“Justice, Sympathy and the Command of Our Esteem”, Jacqueline Taylor

“Hume’s Humanity and the Protection of the Vulnerable”, Ivana Zagorac

Book: Jacqueline Taylor, “Reflecting Subjects: Passion, Sympathy, and Society in Hume’s Philosophy

This is the new book by Jacqueline Taylor (University of San Francisco), published by Oxford University Press. You can buy it at OUP (£35.00) or Amazon (US$60.00).

Below is the description of the book from Amazon. I will post an academic review as soon as I find one.

Jacqueline Taylor offers an original reconstruction of Hume’s social theory, which examines the passions and imagination in relation to institutions such as government and the economy. Reflecting Subjects begins with a close examination of Hume’s use of an experimental method to explain the origin, nature and effects of pride, an indirect passion that reflects a person’s sense of self-worth in virtue of her valuable qualities, for example, her character or wealth. In explaining the origin of pride in terms of efficient causes, Hume displaces the traditional appeal to final causes, and is positioned to give an account of the significance for us of the passions in terms of a social theory. Subsequent chapters reconstruct this social theory, looking in particular at how the principle of sympathy functions to transmit cultural meanings and values, before examining Hume’s account of social power–especially with regard to rank and sex. Turning to Hume’s system of ethics, Taylor argues for the importance of Hume’s more sophisticated moral philosophy in hisEnquiry concerning the Principles of Morals, since it emphasizes certain virtues of good moral evaluation. She demonstrates that the principle of humanity stands as the central concept of Hume’s Enlightenment philosophy.