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Chapter 15

PHIL 1200 Chapter 15: Topic 27

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PHIL 1200
David R.Hampton

c78R But the attribution of praise or blame comes from sentiment. This is, after all, why we do not morally blame people for making mistakes of reason. “But though reason, when fully assisted and improved, be sufficient to instruct us in the pernicious or useful tendency of qualities and actions; it is not alone sufficient to produce any moral blame or approbation. [...] It is requisite a sentiment should here display itself, in order to give a preference to the useful above the pernicious tendencies. This sentiment can be no other than a feeling for the happiness of mankind, and a resentment of their misery; since these are the different ends which virtue and vice have a tendency to promote.” c) Ultimate ends have to stem from sentiments, and cannot originate from reason. If one keeps on asking why something should be sought, at the end the answer is “just because this is what I desire.” “It appears evident, that the ultimate ends of human actions can never, in any case, be accounted for by reason, but recommend themselves entirely to the sentiments and affections of mankind, without any dependence on
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