A Conflict in Hume’s Ethics

Hume has famously said that “Reason is, and ought to be, the slave of the passions.”

Later on, he also said, “You cannot get an ‘ought’ from an ‘is.'”

Doesn’t the second statement contradict his first statement? Any Hume scholarships out there that can explain this?

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I am a Ph. D student at Marquette University. The primary purpose of this blog is to get my ideas out there, and then have other people scrutinize, critique, build upon, and systematize beliefs. This blog will sometimes pertain to what I'm learning in my classes, but it will occasionally deal with non-classroom issues that I'm thinking about as well.
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1 Response to A Conflict in Hume’s Ethics

  1. thekillerj says:

    Maybe Hume was a joker. That’s my hIpothotheese.

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