Dec 20, 2011

Giants of the Scottish Enlightenment Part 1: Francis Hutcheson

Prof. James Stacey Taylor discusses the contributions of Francis Hutcheson, an intellectual of the Scottish Enlightenment who was instrumental in advancing the sentimentalist approach to morality. In this approach, Hutcheson acknowledged the conventional five senses, but in addition, identified three additional senses:

1) The public sense
2) The sense of honor
3) The moral sense

Hutcheson had a tremendous influence on his contemporaries, including Adam Smith and David Hume and is still important and influential today.

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