[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'.
With pleasure. It might be this:
He said about _money_, though. (But cf. Geary, vol. IV, Ethics and the  
"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."

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