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Sympathy, passions and politics in David Hume

Grant number: 16/20207-7
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Master's degree
Effective date (Start): January 14, 2017
Effective date (End): July 13, 2017
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Philosophy - History of Philosophy
Principal Investigator:Pedro Paulo Garrido Pimenta
Grantee:Dario de Queiroz Galvão Neto
Supervisor: Laurent Jaffro
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France  
Associated to the scholarship:15/14361-0 - Reason and sentiment at the origin of moral judgments in David Hume, BP.MS


The main goal of this research is to investigate a political reach of the principle of sympathy in David Hume's philosophy. For this purpose, we will try to articulate the Book II [Of Passions] of the Treatise of human nature (1739-40) and the political essays that compose the work Essays, Moral and Political, published in 1741-42 and revised along the next decades. Some precautions will have to be taken if we want to approximate these two works, since they differ both in terms of form and content. Moreover, we know that the principle of sympathy has a decisive presence in the Treatise but not in the Essays. With prudence, we intend to verify if the conception of this principle and its relations with the passions in Book II could contribute in any way with the interpretation of Hume's political thought. (AU)

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