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‘Is and Ought’: Yet Again

  • Patrick HutchingsEmail author
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Part of the Sophia Studies in Cross-cultural Philosophy of Traditions and Cultures book series (SCPT, volume 30)

Abstract

Hume was wrong about getting an ‘ought’ out of an ‘is’: We do it all the time. The precaution which ‘authors do not commonly use’ is a relevant principle which we insert between mere is and axiological ought. Pamela in Richardson’s Pamela had one notable principle: qv (Hume’s essay is 1739–1740: Pamela, 1740). Kant’s later insistence that we ‘Act only on that maxim (principle [?]) that you can at the same time will be an universal law’ sinks Hume.

Keywords

Is Ought Precaution Principle Way of life Patrick Noel-Smith Mackenzie’s Man of Feeling Jefferson’s The Declaration of Independence Reason The passions Jane Austen Sense Sensibility Avarice Bankers 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.SHAPSThe University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia

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