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Hume and the judicious crook

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Keywords: Justice; Reason; Artifice; Self-interest; Common-interest; Sensible Knave.

According to Hume, justice is an artificial virtue, i.e. it is nothing more than individual self-interest, the most powerful of human passions, directed and transformed by reason into common interest, in view of the greatest advantages offered by the existence of society and of social collaboration. But the case of the sensible knave calls into question Hume's theory.

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