An Adventure In Missing The Point

David Hume famously bestowed upon modernity the recognition of the “naturalistic fallacy”: no “ought” can be derived from an “is”, since nothing can be found in a conclusion to a deductive argument that isn’t found in its premises.

However, what isn’t often noticed regarding this argument is that it begs the question entirely, by assuming that values and facts are separate things. But if “values” are actually objective, observable aspects of reality in the form of the good (and derivative goods), then Hume’s observation is pointless. What is right is a fact, and so “oughts” can be deduced from it.