Usefulness in this respect as the source of virtue and goodness is so commonly recognized that we of

Usefulness in this respect as the source of virtue and goodness is so commonly recognized that we of

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Usefulness  in this respect as the source of virtue and goodness is so commonly recognized that we  often speak of the beneficial qualities of herbs and animals as their particular virtues even though it  is only a caprice of language that prompts us to speak of them in that way. Why is it then that writers  in the field of ethics have been so reluctant to account for goodness in terms of usefulness? Hume  suggests that at least a part of the reason may be the difficulty encountered in trying to enumerate all  of the effects of usefulness. At any rate, the attempt has usually been made to account for virtues by  referring to other principles. Perhaps another reason is the fact that usefulness is so often interpreted  in terms of selfish interests, while  altruism  is generally regarded as a higher motive. Skeptics 
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