It maintains, that morality is determined by sentiment.
It defines virtue to be whatever mental action or quality gives to a spectator
the pleasing sentiment of approbation; and vice the contrary.
We then proceed to examine a plain matter of fact, to wit, what actions
have this influence.
We consider all the circumstances, in which these actions agree.
And thence endeavour to extract some general observations
with regard to these sentiments.”
What are some possible consequences of Hume’s moral position?
a) There is no objective moral truth in ethics.
People feel in different ways about what is right and wrong, and there is
no higher principle one can appeal to in order to make all people accept
one moral standard.
b) There can be no moral disagreement.
Since what two people express when they make a moral statement is
their moral feelings, they cannot disagree, since they are not talking
about the same thing (whether there is an objective qua