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Sidgwick's Ethics and Victorian Moral Philosophy

J. B. Schneewind

Published in print:
1986
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198249313
eISBN:
9780191598357
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198249314.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This book presents an analysis of Henry Sidgwick’s Methods of Ethics. It is divided into three parts. The first begins with a study of the development of Sidgwick’s thought up to the time when the ... More


The Aims and Scope of The Methods of Ethics

J. B. Schneewind

in Sidgwick's Ethics and Victorian Moral Philosophy

Published in print:
1986
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198249313
eISBN:
9780191598357
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198249314.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Sidgwick’s The Methods of Ethics was a technical work aimed at treating ‘ethical science’ with ‘the same disinterest curiosity to which we owe the great discoveries of physics’. He also meant the ... More


Introduction

David Phillips

in Sidgwickian Ethics

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199778911
eISBN:
9780199919093
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199778911.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

My aim in this book is to interpret and evaluate the central argument of The Methods of Ethics, in a way that brings out the important conceptual and historical connections between Sidgwick's views ... More


Henry Sidgwick and Beyond

Bart Schultz

in The Happiness Philosophers: The Lives and Works of the Great Utilitarians

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691154770
eISBN:
9781400884957
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691154770.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter examines Henry Sidgwick's utilitarianism. It first considers Sidgwick's agnosticism before discussing his views on subjects ranging from hedonism and colonialism to poverty, common-sense ... More


The Examination of Common‐Sense Morality

J. B. Schneewind

in Sidgwick's Ethics and Victorian Moral Philosophy

Published in print:
1986
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198249313
eISBN:
9780191598357
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198249314.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Two discussions on common sense morality in Book III of Sidgwick’s The Methods of Ethics are examined. These chapters are among the most valuable of Sidgwick’s contributions to ethics given their ... More


What is Ethics?

Katarzyna de Lazari-Radek and Peter Singer

in The Point of View of the Universe: Sidgwick and Contemporary Ethics

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
June 2014
ISBN:
9780199603695
eISBN:
9780191781834
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199603695.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

By ‘a method of ethics’ Sidgwick means a rational procedure for deciding what we ought to do. He groups these rational procedures into three different types: egoism, intuitionism, and utilitarianism. ... More


Acts and Agents

J. B. Schneewind

in Sidgwick's Ethics and Victorian Moral Philosophy

Published in print:
1986
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198249313
eISBN:
9780191598357
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198249314.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

James Martineau’s views strongly influenced the making of Sidgwick’s The Methods of Ethics. An account of Martineau’s position can provide a better understanding on Sidgwick’s controversy with his ... More


GREEN AND SIDGWICK

David O. Brink

in Perfectionism and the Common Good: Themes in the Philosophy of T. H. Green

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
April 2004
ISBN:
9780199266401
eISBN:
9780191600906
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199266409.003.0029
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter focuses on the relation between Green and Sidgwick. Both Green and Sidgwick were schoolmates at Rugby. Their friendship lapsed during their undergraduate studies, but was renewed during ... More


Reason and Action

J. B. Schneewind

in Sidgwick's Ethics and Victorian Moral Philosophy

Published in print:
1986
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198249313
eISBN:
9780191598357
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198249314.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter examines Sidgwick’s views on morality as expressed in the different editions of The Methods of Ethics. Sidgwick holds that morality involves an ‘elementary concept’ which is unique to it ... More


The Nature of Ethics

Roger Crisp

in The Cosmos of Duty: Henry Sidgwick's Methods of Ethics

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780198716358
eISBN:
9780191785047
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716358.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter covers some of the major background issues in Sidgwick’s Methods of Ethics. Sidgwick’s own philosophical development is described, in the light of his own description of it in his ... More


The Cosmos of Duty: Henry Sidgwick's Methods of Ethics

Roger Crisp

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780198716358
eISBN:
9780191785047
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716358.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This book is a comprehensive and critical interpretation of Henry Sidgwick’s masterpiece The Methods of Ethics, first published in 1874. It shows how Sidgwick thought that the common-sense morality ... More


A Method of Ethics?

Albert Weale

in Modern Social Contract Theory

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
July 2020
ISBN:
9780198853541
eISBN:
9780191887963
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198853541.003.0018
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

Modern social contract theory is a form of constructivism in ethics. Constructivism is both a normative programme and a meta-ethical programme. One objection to contract theory is that it is a ‘spare ... More


The Point of View of the Universe: Sidgwick and Contemporary Ethics

Katarzyna de Lazari-Radek and Peter Singer

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
June 2014
ISBN:
9780199603695
eISBN:
9780191781834
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199603695.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

In The Methods of Ethics, the great nineteenth-century utilitarian Henry Sidgwick held that it is a self-evident moral truth that the good of one individual is of no more importance, ‘from the point ... More


From the Good

Joseph Mendola

in Human Interests: or Ethics for Physicalists

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780199682829
eISBN:
9780191763007
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682829.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter argues that the moral theory developed in the preceding chapters is the only viable inheritor of the utilitarian tradition of ethical reasoning, the contractarian tradition, and the ... More


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