One of the main purposes of this discussion is to show that usefulness is not necessarily opposed to

One of the main purposes of this discussion is to show that usefulness is not necessarily opposed to

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Unformatted text preview: One of the main purposes of this discussion is to show that usefulness is not necessarily opposed to altruism. When the term is properly understood, it will be seen to include not only activities which are favorable to one's own interests but also those that promote the welfare of others even though these may at times be contrary to what one would normally desire for himself. The argument which is presented in this connection is especially important because of its bearing on Hume's entire theory concerning morals. It implies a conception of human nature that rules out the possibility of moral decisions being nothing more than an arbitrary statement of one's wishes or desires. With reference to those who have insisted that pure selfishness is the sole basis for all morality, Hume points out that their doctrine rests on unproved and unwarranted assumptions. They have Hume points out that their doctrine rests on unproved and unwarranted assumptions....
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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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