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Click on the phrases to see them in context. The original texts by Immanuel Kant and David Hume are available from the Gutenberg Projet.


And though our judgments concerning the origin of any vice or virtue, be not so certain as those concerning their degrees; yet, since the question in this case regards not any philosophical origin of an obligation, but a plain matter of fact, it is not easily conceived how we can fall into an error.

 The very essence of virtue, according to this hypothesis, is to produce pleasure and that of vice to give pain. Virtue and wisdom in their perfect purity are ideas.