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[Comment] Offline: Planetary health—worth everything

Writing in the third volume of his Treatise of Human Nature in 1740, the Edinburgh philosopher, David Hume, investigated the idea of justice. Hume was a sceptic. He resisted the prevailing rationalism of the time, theological and secular. The belief that abstract reason was the path to truth and, therefore, a guide to life. No. The only reliance we could place on anything came from our experience. Hume wanted to be to morality what Newton was to mechanics. Hume denied that there were natural and essential differences between right and wrong, good and evil, justice and injustice.