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Hume's position is in this respect similar to that of Immanuel Kant, who recognized the difference  between what he called the pure, or theoretical, reason and the practical reason. The theoretical  reason belongs to the understanding, and its function is to enable one to arrive at a true or correct  knowledge of the facts. Practical reason is that particular function of the mind that enables one to  know what it is that he ought to do. Theoretical reason is the work of the intellect, but practical  reason pertains to the will, or that which moves people to act. It is true there are many points of  contrast in the moral philosophies of Kant and Hume, for Kant was a rationalist in his conception of  morals and Hume was not. However, they were in agreement insofar as they both recognized an  important difference between judgments of fact and judgments of value. One of the main reasons why Hume insisted that moral judgments are based on feelings rather than 
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