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Hume Lecture Notes

Hume parricide when a thing that owes its life to

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Unformatted text preview: – hard to make a rational argument as to why they are right or wrong o Worst possible crime? (Example) Parricide: the murder of a parent How would you go about making a reasonable argument? –Hume Parricide when a thing that owes its life to another thing decides to turn around and kill that thing • If the rationalists are right, Hume says that they should apply all the time • If reason were true, then all of those things would always be bad • Hume: “When I enter a welcoming home, I have a pleasing sympathy in the prospect of so much joy.” o Bodies natural response to good o “When I hear that the proprietor of this home is harassed by an oppressive neighbor, I feel an immediate indignation arise in me against such violence and injury.” • • • • o “When I consider greater evils like war, crime, and brutality, I am struck with horror at the prospect of so much misery” (all from 271) o Moral sentiments – its passion and everyone is born with these things o Feelings are natural He also imagines the negatives of situations – people who don’t really react o “If any man form a cold insensibility, or narrow selfishness of temper, is unaffected with the images of human happiness or misery, he must be equa...
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