Ideas from 'Treatise 4: The Moral Sense' by Francis Hutcheson [1728], by Theme Structure

[found in 'Hutcheson's Philosophical Writings' by Hutcheson,Francis (ed/tr Downie,R.S.) [Everyman 1994,0-460-87504-3]].

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2. Reason / A. Nature of Reason / 1. On Reason
Reason is our power of finding out true propositions
22. Metaethics / B. The Good / 2. Happiness / a. Nature of happiness
Happiness is a pleasant sensation, or continued state of such sensations
22. Metaethics / C. Ethics Foundations / 2. Source of Ethics / c. Ethical intuitionism
Can't the moral sense make mistakes, as the other senses do?
23. Ethics / D. Deontological Ethics / 1. Deontology
You can't form moral rules without an end, which needs feelings and a moral sense
28. God / A. Divine Nature / 6. Divine Morality / a. Divine morality
We are asked to follow God's ends because he is our benefactor, but why must we do that?
Why may God not have a superior moral sense very similar to ours?