Spring 2021 Colloquium Series - 5 March

March 05, 2021

Don Ainslie :: “Mundane or Sublime? Hume and Kant on Morality”
Friday, March 5 2021

ABSTRACT: Kant famously compares the moral law to the starry skies, each evoking a feeling of the sublime – a sense of something that outstrips the merely natural. Hume, in contrast, sees morality as mundane, a reflection of the different “relations in life” we might wish to stand to someone. I will explore how these two philosophers come to these different characterizations of morality and argue in favour of the Humean option.



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