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What is the basis of Hume’s skepticism about practical reason, and is that skepticism defensible?

Footnotes and quotations count towards word count.

Bibliography and title excluded from word count.

Please only incorporate the following readings:


Core reading

D. Hume, Treatise of Human Nature esp Book 2, Part 3, Section 3 ‘Of the influencing motives of the will’; Book 3, Part 1 ‘Of virtue and vice in general’.

C. Korsgaard, ‘Scepticism about practical reason’ in Creating the Kingdom of Ends

Additional reading

D. Gauthier, Morals by Agreement

T. Nagel, The Possibility of Altruism

H. Sidgwick The Methods of Ethics, Concluding Chapter ‘The Relations of the methods’

T. Pink ‘Agents, objects and their powers in Suarez and Hobbes’

(with regards to T. Pink, please agree with his thesis)


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