Hume on the presence of moral differences and distinction between persons

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Hume on the presence of moral differences and distinction between persons

Subject

Those who have denied the reality of moral distinctions, may be ranked among the disingenuous disputants; nor is it conceivable, that any human creature could ever seriously believe, that all characters and actions were alike entitled to the affection and regard of everyone. The difference, which nature has placed between one man and another, is so wide, and this difference is still so much farther widened, by education, example, and habit, that, where the opposite extremes come at once under our apprehension, there is no scepticism so scrupulous, and scarce any assurance so determined, as absolutely to deny all distinction between them. Let a man's insensibility be ever so great, he must often be touched with the images of Right and Wrong; and let his prejudices be ever so obstinate, he must observe, that others are susceptible of like impressions. The only way, therefore, of converting an antagonist of this kind, is to leave him to himself. For, finding that nobody keeps up the controversy with him, it is probable he will, at last, of himself, from mere weariness, come over to the side of common sense and reason.

Description

Hume argues that certain aspects of moral behavior are widely condemned. It is natural for there to be a distance between individuals, whether in morals, upbringing, or effort such that others will naturally compare the two, and elevate one.

Creator

David Hume

Source

"An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals"

Publisher

Project Gutenberg

Date

1777

Contributor

Trent Hannan

Relation

"A Treatise of Human Nature"

Format

Essay

Language

English

Type

Text

Citation

David Hume, “Hume on the presence of moral differences and distinction between persons,” Enlightenmens, accessed August 9, 2022, https://enlightenmens.lmc.gatech.edu/items/show/297.

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