Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Paul Marks On David Hume

"The philosophy of David Hume can not serve as part of the foundation for the recovery of civil society – so you could say that I reject his philosophy on “consequentialist grounds”.
However, you would be mistaken – as I actually reject it because it is shit."
It's a long time since I used to take part in the debates at Samizdata, although I still occassionally search it for certain types of thread. He is right about Hume; an ethics of freedom will have to be strictly rationalist without dissolving into mere consequentialism. Right now though, I have my mind full just trying to keep my own ship afloat - certain things will get more difficult this year and next unless I make some major changes soon.

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