Although reason is essential for the purpose of supplying the necessary information about what is us

Although reason is essential for the purpose of supplying the necessary information about what is us

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Although reason is essential for the purpose of supplying the necessary information about what is  useful and agreeable, it is not sufficient to produce either blame or approbation. Reason may tell us  what is an adequate means toward a certain end, but it cannot tell us whether a particular end is  good or bad. Only  feeling or sentiment  has the power to do that. So long as we are indifferent toward  an end or goal, we will be indifferent toward the means which will produce it. Sentiment is necessary  for  moral decisions  and this sentiment is none other than a feeling of approval for that which  promotes the happiness of humanity and a resentment of that which produces misery in place of  happiness. In support of this thesis, Hume calls attention to five important considerations. The first one is the fact that reason is competent to judge only two things: matters of
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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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