Hume on Weakness of Will

@article{Fleming2010HumeOW,
  title={Hume on Weakness of Will},
  author={P. Fleming},
  journal={British Journal for the History of Philosophy},
  year={2010},
  volume={18},
  pages={597 - 609}
}
  • P. Fleming
  • Published 2010
  • Philosophy
  • British Journal for the History of Philosophy
Hume is a sceptic about practical reason. Reason is never the ultimate source of action or motivation. It merely works on existing desires. As Hume famously put it, ‘reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions’. This is a claim that Hume immediately admits ‘may appear somewhat extraordinary’ (T 2.3.3.4). Many people regard it as not only extraordinary, but completely unbelievable. One reason for this is that it seems obvious that people are, on occasion, guilty of practical… Expand
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The Hume Literature, 2010

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