No amount of factual data

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No amount of factual data, however complete it may be, is sufficient to tell one what it is that he  ought to do. You cannot derive what ought to be from what is. It is only because humans are feeling  creatures as well as thinking ones that value distinctions are possible and can indicate what it is that  one ought to do. Failure to recognize these distinctions between the fields of facts and of values has  in Hume's judgment been responsible for much of the confusion and the misunderstanding which  has been characteristic of moral philosophy. By showing that moral judgments have their origin in the  feelings rather than the intellect, he hopes to correct this situation. The procedure for determining  facts is not the same as it is for recognizing distinctions of value. Hume's position is in this respect similar to that of Immanuel Kant, who recognized the difference 
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