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Jacqueline Anne Taylor
University of San Francisco (San Francisco, CA 94117-1050)

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars
Research Programs

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$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2006 – 5/31/2007

Passion, Sympathy, and Society in Hume's Philosophy

My book project provides a sustained treatment of Hume’s theory of the passions. I examine his theory both in its own right as a significant innovation in the modern period, and as a valuable social theory with resources to help us think productively about issues of practical identity as these arise in contemporary ethical theory. Hume’s theory of the passions provides: a core account of the passions as socially constituted; a richly detailed social theory focusing on connections between the passions, social power and identity; and attention to how we can cultivate reflective habits of valuing and desiring. I reconstruct a Humean account of our sense of humanity, and examine its importance for bridging socially constructed divisions.