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Any empirical approach to the study of morals must begin with an investigation of those activities w

Any empirical approach to the study of morals must begin with an investigation of those activities w

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Any empirical approach to the study of morals must begin with an investigation of those activities  which are approved by the vast majority of persons. Accordingly, Hume begins with an analysis of  benevolence and justice. These two virtues are selected because there is no type of conduct which  is approved more universally than acts of benevolence or of justice in one's treatment of his fellow  men. Likewise, it can be said there is general disapproval of injustice and of those actions which  serve selfish interests at the expense of the welfare of others. If we inquire concerning the reasons for this approval and disapproval, we will find that usefulness or  the lack of it is the explanation which can be given for the different attitudes which are expressed. 
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