In contrast with those thinkers who have maintained that moral sentiments are always the product of

In contrast with those thinkers who have maintained that moral sentiments are always the product of

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Unformatted text preview: In contrast with those thinkers who have maintained that moral sentiments are always the product of self-love, Hume insists that this is not true. His reason for believing that something other than self- love is involved is the fact that by no stretch of the imagination will it be possible for the observer of these qualities in other persons to exchange places with the ones who appear to benefit from them or in the case of the undesirable traits to suffer from their consequences. Since it is the other person who will reap the benefits or experience the ill effects, all selfish considerations are thereby excluded. Anyone who feels no concern at all for what happens to his fellow humans and who maintains an attitude of complete indifference toward that which brings either prosperity or ruin to his country will not recognize any distinctions of a moral nature in the qualities which are exemplified in the lives of...
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