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Hume's Moral Philosophy

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[Revised entry by Rachel Cohon on August 20, 2018. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Hume's position in ethics, which is based on his empiricist theory of the mind, is best known for asserting four theses: (1) Reason alone cannot be a motive to the will, but rather is the "slave of the passions" (see Section 3) (2) Moral distinctions are not derived from reason (see...

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