Hume's Concept Of Moralism: David Hume And Edward Burke

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Even though David Hume and Edward Burke were writing in the same time period, at first glance their ideas seem completely isolated. David Hume describes a subjective taste, in which a person’s taste depends upon a number of circumstances, but primarily a person’s moral opinions. Burke, on the other hand, argues that it is beauty that is subjective, and it depends on the concepts of pleasure and pain, rather than morality. Initially, these may seem relatively different from each other, but the use of the idea of subjectivity, a general thought regarding morality, and the concepts themselves actually show that the two philosophers had similar ideas.
One of David Hume’s main arguments in regards to aesthetics is that taste is a subjective concept, and that everyone’s tastes will differ in comparison with each other. Hume claims that “the great variety of Taste, as well as of opinion… is too obvious not to have fallen under every one’s observation.”(Cahn 103) In this quote, Hume is stating how apparent the sheer variety of taste is among people. Hume argues that these differing opinions in taste are due to the gut feelings people experience, and this can explain not only aesthetic judgments but moral judgments as well. Morality is tied strongly to Hume’s concept of taste, but he does note that moral and ethical judgments cannot completely account for all of a person’s aesthetic tastes. Hume states that “but though all the general rules of art are founded only on experience and

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