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A Treatise of Human Nature

Thus we are still brought back to our first position, that virtue is distinguished by the
pleasure, and vice by the pain, that any action, sentiment or character gives us by the
mere view and contemplation. This decision is very commodious; because it reduces us
to this simple question, Why any action or sentiment upon the general view or survey,
gives a certain satisfaction or uneasiness, in order to shew the origin of its moral rectitude
or depravity, without looking for any incomprehensible relations and qualities, which
never did exist in nature, nor even in our imagination, by any clear and distinct
conception. I flatter myself I have executed a great part of my present design by a state of
the question, which appears to me so free from ambiguity and obscurity.
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