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Encyclopedia > Annette Baier

Annette Baier (1929 - ) is a well-known moral philosopher and Hume scholar. For most of her career she taught in the philosophy department at the University of Pittsburgh, but she has now retired to her native New Zealand. 1929 was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Ethics is the branch of axiology – one of the four major branches of philosophy, alongside metaphysics, epistemology, and logic – which attempts to understand the nature of morality; to define that which is right from that which is wrong. ... A philosopher is a person devoted to studying and producing results in philosophy. ... David Hume David Hume (April 26, 1711 (May 7th by the Gregorian reckoning of his time, his birthday is celebrated by the International Humanist and Ethical Union on May 7th)– August 25, 1776) was a Scottish philosopher and historian and, with Adam Smith and Thomas Reid among others, one of...


Further reading

All by Annette Baier:

  • Postures of the Mind: Essays on Mind and Morals, (1985)
  • A Progress of Sentiments: Reflections on Hume's Treatise, (1991)
  • Moral Prejudices, (1995), including especially "What Do Women Want in an Ethical Theory?" and "The Need For More Than Justice".
  • The Commons of the Mind, (Paul Carus lectures) (1997)

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Joyce Jenkins, Jennifer Whiting, Christopher Williams (eds.) - Persons and Passions: Essays in Honor of Annette Baier ... (2415 words)
Williams conceives of the naturalism in Baier's philosophy in terms of Baier's taking the natural history, emotional constitution, and biology of the human being as the ground for explaining and justifying human beliefs and value judgments.
Baier contends that this is Hume's reductio of an alternate viewpoint and endorsement of the sentimentalist theory.
Baier can reply, for instance, that Hume's moral theory has the resources to condemn cruelty from motives besides anger or hatred and that it takes as the very sign of corrupt motives, whatever they might be, the distress inflicted on the victims of cruelty.
Rebuilding Broken Societies: Which Model of Trust should we Use? (4717 words)
Annette Baier is somewhat of a forerunner in the contemporary discussions on the philosophy of trust, to the extent that the vast majority of philosophers following her define themselves in relation to her position.
Baier defines trust as the "accepted vulnerability to another’s possible but not expected ill (or lack of good will) toward one." She writes that trust in generally not a purposive action, although she leaves room for situations in which intentional trusting plays a role.
Baier’s contribution to the philosophy of trust is crucial in that she is alone among the writers to emphasize the notion of vulnerability that accompanies trust.
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