18th century Irish philosopher


Francis Hutcheson (philosopher) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Francis Hutcheson (August 8, 1694-August 8, 1746) was an Irish philosopher and one of the founding fathers of the Scottish Enlightenment. He is thought to have been born at Drumalig, in the parish of Saintfield, County Down, Northern Ireland. ..."


8 Aug 1694, in Drumalig, Saintfield Parish, County Down, Republic of Ireland


1746, in Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Books Authored

An Essay on the Nature and Conduct of the Passions and Affections, with Illustrations on the Moral Sense, 1742
Electronic text available at the Online Library of Liberty
An Inquiry into the Original of Our Ideas of Beauty and Virtue in Two Treatises, 1726
Electronic text available at the Online Library of Liberty


Giants of the Scottish Enlightenment Part One: Francis Hutcheson, by James Stacey Taylor, 7 Dec 2011
Discusses the philosophical views of Francis Hutcheson, in particular the argument that human beings, in addition to the five traditionally recognized senses, have a public sense, a sense of honor and a moral sense
"And one of the giants of the Scottish Enlightenment is Francis Hutcheson. Hutcheson was not himself Scots, he was Irish. But, he moved to Scotland as soon as he possibly could, which is a hallmark of his obvious genius. Hutcheson was fantastic. Hutcheson is the Scottish Enlightenment equivalent of a blue touch paper on a firework. You light it and it starts burning, burning and then suddenly the whole thing just explodes, because Hutcheson has a tremendous influence on many of his contemporaries. In particular, he has influence on Adam Smith and David Hume."
Related Topics: Ethics, Philosophy