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Does Hume think that moral knowledge can be established with certainty?

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Does Hume think that moral knowledge can be established with certainty?

Morality

Morality refers to the difference between the proper and improper intentions, decisions and the actions. Morality can be seen as a body of principle or standards that is derived from a particular religion, philosophy or culture. Mortality can also be used as a synonym for "rightness", or "goodness".

Answer and Explanation:

Hume has given a theory on moral philosophy, in which he has asserted four thesis. The assertions of Hume include,

1. Reason is a "slave of passions" and not alone a motive to will

2. Reasons are not used for deriving moral distinctions.

3. It is the moral sentiments which help in deriving the moral distinctions.

4. Some virtues and vices are considered natural, while others are artificial.

No, according to Hume moral knowledge can't be established with certainity. Moral knowledge depends on the feeling of an individual. No propositions or facts are stated by the moral knowledge. Moral knowledge reflects the jugdements and beliefs of different individuals, or groups, or religions.


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