The purpose of the first appendix was to clarify his stand with reference to the place and function

The purpose of the first appendix was to clarify his stand with reference to the place and function

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The purpose of the first appendix was to clarify his stand with reference to the  place and function of  reason  in matters pertaining to morals. Because Hume had emphasized the role of the feelings in  the development of moral beliefs more than had been done by any of his predecessors, it was only  natural that some of his critics would think that he had given too large a place to the feelings and had  neglected to give proper credit to the reasoning faculty. To eliminate any misunderstanding on this  point, he now states very clearly just what it is that he believes reason can do and what it is that it  cannot do toward the development of moral beliefs. Reason, according to Hume, is competent in those areas which have to do with  matters of fact ,   and it  is likewise capable of determining the  relations  that exist between things. Hence, in the field of 
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