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The Role of Sympathy in David Hume’s “Why Utility Pleases”
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This 3 page report discusses 18th century Scottish philosopher David Hume and his ideas relating to “why utility pleases.” The foundation of David Hume’s thinking and philosophy regarding morality is the concept of sympathy, which (the modern reader must understand) determines what serves as the basis of interaction between people and the wellspring of human happiness. Utilitarianism is the doctrine that what is useful is good, and consequently, that the ethical value of conduct is determined by the utility of its results. Bibliography lists one source.
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David Hume and the Rules of Justice
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This 5 page report discusses the attitudes of David Hume (1711-1776) regarding justice and why justice is an artificial virtue. The foundation of Hume’s thinking on morality is the concept of sympathy, which he views as the basis of interaction between people and the wellspring of human happiness. He then defines morality as the qualities that are approved in whomever they happen to appear and by virtually everybody else. As a result of such thinking, he sets out to discover the broadest possible grounds for those approvals. He finds those grounds of approval in “feelings” rather than “knowing” and determines that moral decisions are established as a result of moral sentiment. It is here that the concept of utility arises. Hume asserts that qualities are valued either for their agreeableness, either to the owner of the quality or to the person or persons affected by the quality. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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