• 00:01    |    
    Initial credits
  • 00:22    |    
    Roberto Blum: Introduction of participants
  • 01:48.7    |    
    Donald Livingston: Objective moral order, the language of ethics, and the nature of reason
    • The underlying view of reason in modern moral philosophy
    • Hume´s conception of reason
  • 05:5.5    |    
    Armando de la Torre: Personal assessment of Hume
    • The difference between the classical and the modern mind
    • Objections to Hume
      • Hume´s subjectivity
      • Subjectivity of moral values
  • 11:21    |    
    Donald Livingston: Are moral sentiments subjective?
    • The discovery of conciousness
    • Hume´s rejection of modern subjectivism
      • Hume´s conception of impressions
      • Hume and the skeptics
        • Philosophies of happiness and misery
          • The Pyronians
          • Hume´s appraisal of the Pyronians
        • Pre-reflective knowledge and philosophy
        • Is there a healthy way to philosophize?
  • 23:39.7    |    
    Armando de la Torre: Objectivity of value judgments
    • Natural standard for value judgments
    • Certainty about things external to the mind
    • Summery of Hume´s fallacies
    • The cause of Hume´s melancholy and delirium
  • 34:39    |    
    Donald Livingston: Belief and the external world
    • Response to the subjectivist reading of Hume
    • Implications of the discovery of consciousness
      • The role of sentiments and beliefs in understanding the world
      • How is it possible for us to believe?
        • Science and belief
        • Christianity and understanding of the created world
  • 48:34.5    |    
    Armando de la Torre: Objections to Hume
    • Hume and metaphysical assumptions
    • History of philosophy: Prudential and catagorical ethics
    • Evolution and moral values
    • Hume´s negation of falsification and science
    • History of philosophy: Mind
  • 58:29    |    
    Donald Livingston: The framework of the internal and external world
    • First principles: Inner and outer world
    • Hume and social evolution
    • Hume and falsification
  • 01:02:32    |    
    • Commentary: Christian and ancient views compared
    • Why does Hume say reason cannot evaluate the ends that people set for themselves?
    • Christian and ancient views compared
    • Is there a connection between Hayek´s idea about social evolution and Hume´s prudential ethics
      • Armando de la Torre: Hume and science
      • Donald Livingston: Hume and science
      • Donald Livingston: Hume and consequential ethics
      • Armando de la Torre: Motives and moral worth
  • 01:19:12    |    
    Final words
  • 01:19:31    |    
    Final credits

Socratic Dialogue Hume’s Moral Philosophy

New Media  | 19 de abril de 2006  | Vistas: 3103

About this video

David Hume (1711–1776) was a Scottish philosopher whose theories and thoughts have been subject of debate since they were created. His moral philosophy is the main subject of this Socratic dialogue between Donald Livingston and Armando de la Torre. Livingston discusses the objective moral order and how it has been confused of being subjective, talks about the relationship between reason and tradition, the discovery of consciousness, and Hume’s concept of reason, among other topics. De la Torre, on the other hand, states that Hume’s thoughts and philosophies are parochial and comments on the difference between the classical mind and the modern mind, and the cause of Hume’s melancholy and delirium. He lists various objections that he has towards Humes’ ideas, including the subject of evolution, moral values, negation of falsification, among others.


Hume's Moral Philosophy
Donald Livingston, Armando de la Torre
Moderator: Roberto Blum

Friedrich A. Hayek Auditorium
Universidad Francisco Marroquín
Guatemala, April 19, 2006

A New MediaUFM production. Guatemala, April 2006
Camera 1: Jorge Samayoa; camera 2: Rodrigo Escalante; digital editing: Alexander Arauz; index: Christiaan Ketelaar; synopsis: Sebastian del Buey; synopsis reviser: Daphne Ortiz; publication: Pedro David España


Donald Livingston is an American philosophy professor at Emory University that…

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