It should perhaps be pointed out that Hume

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It should perhaps be pointed out that Hume's empirical method of accounting for the meaning of  justice is scarcely adequate to support all that he has maintained concerning it.  Experience  does  indicate very clearly the changing element that is involved in the application of justice to existing  circumstances, but it does not point to any permanent or unchanging element in it. The unchanging  element is nevertheless just as important as the changing element. The very fact that Hume makes  reference to the "principles" of justice is sufficient to show that he recognizes something about the  nature of justice that is not fully revealed by use of the empirical method. Again, his insistence that  the future needs of society as a whole should be given preference to the present needs of certain  individuals is something that remains constant and is not influenced by changing circumstances.
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