Hume’s law

DERIVED FROM THE SCOTTISH PHILOSOPHER DAVID HUME (1711-1776), AN INFORMAL NAME FOR A DISTINCTION (RATHER LIKE THE FACT/VALUE DISTINCTION) BETWEEN STATEMENTS OF FACT AND UTTERANCES WITH AN ‘OUGHT’ IN THEM.

In his Treatise of Human Nature (1739-40), Hume claimed (as usually interpreted) that the latter could never be logically derived from the former, and this has been the subject of considerable debate in the last 30 years or so.

As with the fact/value distinction, the present distinction has proved hard to maintain in its pristine clarity, though the issue is far from settled.

Source:
W D Hudson, ed., The Is/Ought Question (1969)

English

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Hume’s law

Etymology

Named after the Scottish philosopher and historian David Hume (1711–76).

Proper noun

Hume’s law

  1. (philosophy) The idea that what ought to be the case cannot be deduced from what is already the case.

Synonyms[edit]

  • Hume’s guillotine

See also[edit]

  • is-ought problem

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