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Single Idea 2224

[catalogued under 20. Action / C. Motives for Action / 4. Responsibility for Actions]

Full Idea

Where actions proceed not from some cause in the character and disposition of the person who performed them, they can neither redound to his honour, if good, nor his infamy, if evil.

Gist of Idea

Praise and blame can only be given if an action proceeds from a person's character and disposition


David Hume (Enquiry Conc Human Understanding [1748], VIII.I.76)

Book Reference

Hume,David: 'Enquiries Conc. Human Understanding, Morals', ed/tr. Selby-Bigge/Nidditch [OUP 1975], p.98