[lit-ideas] Hume and Geary on 'oil'

  • From: Jlsperanza@xxxxxxx
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 10 Dec 2004 20:15:14 EST

In a message dated 12/10/2004 8:10:20 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
rhymereason@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx writes:
Can  anyone help me remember a little something David Hume said about morals  
... it was something to do with the small mundane acts that maintained the  
moral life....  he might have mentioned  'oil'.
Ta
Janette
----
 
With pleasure. It might be this:
 
He said about _money_, though. (But cf. Geary, vol. IV, Ethics and the  
Dollar).
 
_http://socserv2.socsci.mcmaster.ca/~econ/ugcm/3ll3/hume/money.txt_ 
(http://socserv2.socsci.mcmaster.ca/~econ/ugcm/3ll3/hume/money.txt) 
 
"Money is not, properly speaking, one of the subjects of commerce;
but  only the instrument which men have agreed upon to facilitate the
exchange of  one commodity for another. It is none of the wheels of
trade: It is the oil  which renders the motion of the wheels more
smooth and easy."
 
Cheers,
 
JL






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