Hume and the Question of Good Manners

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Title:Hume and the Question of Good Manners
Creators:
Staněk, Jan; aesthetics at ff dot cuni dot cz; University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice, Czech Republic
Journal or Publication Title:
Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics, 46, 1, pp. 29-48
Uncontrolled Keywords:Hume D., manners, taste, classicism

Abstract

The question of manners is important in David Hume’s examination of human nature primarily because of the weight he assigns to the so-called ‘social virtues’. Man is, for Hume, a being that naturally tends to form societies, and the study of human nature is, after all, the study of human sociability, which finds its expression in manners. The present paper shows Hume as a participant in the seventeenth and eighteenth-century discussion about the concept of politeness, a concept which oscillated between the domain of manners and morals and the domain of art. The examination of Hume’s ideal of polite manners illustrates the way his classicist taste pervaded the appreciation both of works of art and of social comportment.

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Title:Hume and the Question of Good Manners
Translated title:Hume und die Frage der guten Manieren
Creators:
Staněk, Jan; aesthetics at ff dot cuni dot cz; University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice, Czech Republic
Uncontrolled Keywords:Hume D., manners, taste, classicism
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
Divisions:Humanities and Social Sciences > 8. Section of Historical Sciences > Institute of Art History > Estetika (Aesthetics)
Journal or Publication Title:Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics
Volume:46
Number:1
Page Range:pp. 29-48
ISSN:0014 –1291
Publisher:Institute of Art History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
ID Code:4284
Item Type:Article
Deposited On:22 May 2009 01:34
Last Modified:22 May 2009 01:35

Citation

Staněk, Jan (2009) Hume and the Question of Good Manners. Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics, 46 (1). pp. 29-48. ISSN 0014 –1291

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