Walls and Vaults
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This unique book provides a modern discussion of David Hume'swork in ethical theory and moral judgment

Widely regarded as one of the most important philosophers inWestern thinking, David Hume contributed significant works thatprofoundly influenced the study of ethics and morality. Now, inWalls and Vaults, internationally renowned author JordanHoward Sobel blends Hume's moral theory with his own groundbreakingobservations and employs mathematical thought to explore timelessquestions about the grounds of morality, the organization of moralprinciples, and the rationale for being moral.

Blending a modern treatment with a classical perspective, thisbook presents an illuminating account of Hume's philosophy and thecontemporary problems that exist in the metaphysics, language, andlogic of morals. Two of Hume's eminent works, A Treatise of HumanNature and An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals, are usedas the cornerstone for the discussion of major topics in the studyof morality such as virtue theory, cooperation and coordination,error theory, the prisoner's dilemma, and 'Glaucon's Problem', "Whybe moral? Why in particular be just?" Concepts from game theory,logic of conditionals, and decision-making are used to illuminateHume's ideas. The Bayesian methodology of Hume's science of moralethics is also underscored throughout the text. Detailed appendiceslocated at the end of selected chapters include technicalelaborations, and an extensive bibliography directs readers toadditional literature on Hume's works.

Extensively class-tested and complete with thought-provokingdetail, Walls and Vaults is ideal as a supplementary text inphilosophy, economics, law, and political science courses at theadvanced undergraduate and graduate levels. It also serves as avaluable reference for scholars specializing in ethics, gametheory, and the works of David Hume.

Published: Wiley on
ISBN: 9781118030592
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