Review Questions On The ECPM Set 1

Section I

1. According to David Hume, what is the relationship between reason and the emotions (i.e. sentiments or passions, as Hume sometimes calls them)? Which one is more important for purposes of motivating us to act?

Section II

2. What qualities does Hume settle on as representative of the “social virtues”? Why are these qualities so highly valued, according to Hume?

3. How, according to Hume, are disputes about the extent of duty best settled? Take at least one of Hume’s examples here and explain it.

Section III

4. Hume opens this section by identifying public utility as the “sole origin” of justice. Summarize and explain his three arguments for this view.

5. With what observation does Hume begin Part II of section III? Compare it with his remarks on equality that follow in the next few paragraphs. What sorts of laws for property does he finally recommend?

6. Hume ends this section by linking his discussions of justice and virtue. How does he link them?

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