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Kilinc, Zeynel A. (2005) HUME'S LIBERALISM: AN EARLY THEORY OF SOCIAL CAPITAL. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This study examines the relation between Hume's justice and his moral theory in regard to the role of a virtuous body of citizenry in politics. It is often argued that classical liberals detached the connection between virtue and politics and relied on enlightened interest and the state to establish and maintain social order. Yet, Humean liberalism reveals that this is a misleading generalization. In this study, I argue that Hume's politics has two fundamental components: the state (institutions) and a virtuous body of citizenry. Hume's developmental view of human nature allows him to argue that in parallel to the development of human society and because of private training and education, our moral sense improves. The improvement of moral sense creates new motives in individuals which cannot be reduced to self-interest. Hume relies on the improvement of moral sense to facilitate social cooperation in large modern society in addition to the state and self-interest. This study reveals that liberal thought cannot be reduced to its Hobbesian version.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Kilinc, Zeynel A.zakst2@pitt.eduZAKST2
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairWhelan, Frederick G
Committee MemberValls, Andrew
Committee MemberPeters, B. Guy
Committee MemberGoodhart, Michael
Date: 31 January 2005
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 27 September 2004
Approval Date: 31 January 2005
Submission Date: 23 November 2004
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Political Science
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Hume; politics; social capital; social coordination; virtue
Other ID:, etd-11232004-133958
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 20:05
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:51


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