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Unformatted text preview: The reading of history furnishes another example of the way in which the feelings and sentiments of those who lived in former times are communicated to the ones who read about them. The noble actions of the past are applauded and the vices condemned as one does to some extent repeat within his own consciousness the deeds recorded in history. Anyone who is absolutely indifferent toward the deeds of the past will be equally indifferent toward the virtues and vices of the present. In view of these considerations, it must be recognized that the social virtues are in every way due to their utility, and while self-interest is always involved to some extent, it requires something more than that to account for the way in which people normally behave toward one another. On this point, Hume says, "Thus, in whatever light we take this subject, the merit ascribed to the social virtues...
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- Fall '11