From the general link between moral praise and public utility, Hume
moves to the view that
“all moral distinctions arise from education, and were, at first, invented,
and afterwards encouraged, by the art of politicians, in order to render
men tractable, and subdue their
natural ferocity and selfishness.”
This, Hume thinks, has been a powerful thought.
But he disagrees that all moral affection or dislike arises from education
Rather, he thinks we have some natural tendencies toward virtue and
concern for others.
“The social virtues must, therefore, be allowed to have a natural
beauty and amiableness.”
This is howwe arealsomotivated, sincethese virtues “must besomeway
agreeable to us, and take hold of some natural affection.”
Otherwise, we would violate them as soon as we had the