Freedom and Moral Sentiment: Hume's Way of Naturalizing Responsibility

  title={Freedom and Moral Sentiment: Hume's Way of Naturalizing Responsibility},
  author={Paul S. Russell},
In this book, Russell examines Hume's notion of free will and moral responsibility. It is widely held that Hume presents us with a classic statement of the "compatibilist" position-that freedom and responsibility can be reconciled with causation and, indeed, actually require it. Russell argues that this is a distortion of Hume's view, because it overlooks the crucial role of moral sentiment in Hume's picture of human nature. Hume was concerned to describe the regular mechanisms which generate… Expand
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