What Hume proposes in contrast to an ethics of reason is one that is based on the natural feelings a

What Hume proposes in contrast to an ethics of reason is one that is based on the natural feelings a

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What Hume proposes in contrast to an ethics of reason is one that is based on the  natural feelings  and desires  of human beings. When the good is identified with that which is pleasant and agreeable  to those humane elements in human nature which respond to whatever is beneficial to the members  of society, it will be more likely to be followed. An ethics based on feelings and desires will not only  have the advantage of being followed, but it will include all of those virtues which are beneficial to  human beings, and at the same time it will exclude all of those practices which are detrimental to  human welfare. At the beginning of this section, Hume explains in part one of the main purposes which led to the  writing of the  Enquiry.  He wanted to counteract some of the unfortunate consequences which had  been derived from the more popular conceptions of morality that were current in his day.
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