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Unformatted text preview: Of all the social virtues , justice is the one that has been most widely acclaimed. Whether the basis for this virtue is to be found in the order of nature or consists only in the formulations which have been developed in human minds is a question concerning which there has been considerable disagreement. Hume begins the discussion by calling attention to the fact that justice has always been regarded as something that is useful to human society. Whether this usefulness is the sole factor that is responsible for the origin of justice is a matter that needs to be examined. It is likewise a matter of dispute whether usefulness constitutes the sole foundation for the merit which has been accorded to it. As an empiricist, Hume believes that any satisfactory answer to these questions must be obtained from an examination of the conditions and circumstances that have preceded any...
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This note was uploaded on 12/06/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at University of Houston.
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