Francis Hutcheson, George Turnbull and the intersection of aesthetics and morals

Broadie, A. (2016) Francis Hutcheson, George Turnbull and the intersection of aesthetics and morals. Journal of Scottish Thought, 7, pp. 1-14.

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Hutcheson holds that the aesthetic and the moral can be prised apart in the course of an analytic exercise, and this is in fact something that Hutcheson himself accomplishes when he analyses beauty in terms of unity amidst diversity and analyses moral motivation in terms of benevolence. But he believes that the loveliness of a moral act is not a mere accident supervenient upon the act, any more than the morality of a lovely act is accidental to the act. Hutcheson's moral theory is essentially aesthetic.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Cicero's De officiis, Francis Hutcheson, George Turnbull, David Hume, warmth in the cause of virtue
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Broadie, Professor Alexander
Authors: Broadie, A.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > History
Journal Name:Journal of Scottish Thought
Journal Abbr.:JST
Publisher:Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies, University of Aberdeen
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Aberdeen University Press
First Published:First published in Journal of Scottish Thought 7:1-14
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with the permission of the publisher

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