Some philosophers talk about morality in an elevated tone; and they seem to be entirely sincere, finding virtue a sublime and noble subject, the pursuit of virtue an inspiring life’s work. So it is, for instance, with Kant, who writes in one place about the moral law within and the starry heavens above filling the mind with ever increasing awe and admiration, the oftener and more steadily we reflect on them. It came quite naturally to Kant, as it did to Rousseau, to talk about the sublimity of our nature in its higher aspect, and of reverence for the moral law. ‘Duty!’ he says. ‘Sublime and mighty name.’ But Hume speaks with a very different voice.
KeywordsDust Lime Posit Hunt Decid
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