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Study Questions F-YS Ethics and LiteratureTerri Gordon Spring 2001 Hume An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals 1751 1 Humes approach to morality is a descriptive-explanatory one not a normative one meaning he wants to describe not prescribe moral conduct Hume claims to proceed as an anatomist who draws conclusions based on empirical evidence as opposed to a painter who presents moral principles in their most favored light Do you think Hume takes the position of an anatomist or a painter in this work pay attention to part II of the conclusion pp 79-82 2 Humes project in the Enquiry is to determine whether reason or sentiment constitutes the foundation of moral conduct According to Hume which faculty determines our moral dispositions How does Humes position differ from Kants With which position do you agree 3 Humes account of human psychology is central to his theory of morality Hume offers a naturalistic foundation for social practices and institutions rather than a rational or theological one Yet Humes conception of human nature diverges radically from that of previous thinkers particularly Hobbes and Machiavelli who understand human beings to be motivated by fundamentally egotistical power-seeking drives In what ways according to Hume are we not wholly self-seeking Do you think his understanding of human psychology allows for a genuine morality If not what are the problems with Humes conception of morality Read carefully the section on selflove pp 42-51 4 Hume employs a metaphor of the theater p 44 to demonstrate that we are not indifferent to one another Like spectators in a theater Hume holds the pain or pleasure of others produces echoes of pain or pleasure in us Do you think this is a valid metaphor Could the theater metaphor prove precisely the opposite that we take pleasure in the pain of others 5 According to Hume we approve of moral dispositions or conduct which are useful
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