Common Sense and Virtue in the Scottish Moralists

  • Tom L. Beauchamp
Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 45)


Two devoted friends, David Hume and Adam Smith, have become the two most widely studied figures in the moral, political, and social climate that we now call the Scottish Enlightenment. Later generations have also regarded them as the culmination of Scottish ‘moral sense theorists.’ However, in even the late eighteenth century, Francis Hutcheson, Smith’s teacher and colleague, and Lord Shaftesbury were acknowledged to be the founders and chief figures. The full sweep of intellectual ancestry is too vast to be catalogued here, but in addition to these four figures we need to examine a few others who played a major role during the period, even if negatively: viz. those of Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, and Bernard Mandeville.


Moral Judgment Moral Philosophy Ethical Theory Moral Theory Moral Virtue 
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