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Essays on Ethics and Method

Henry Sidgwick and Marcus G. Singer


In this collection of papers, Sidgwick develops his view of universal hedonism or Bentham‐like utilitarianism, according to which the only way to reconcile a desire for one's own good with the dictates of duty by reason is through a utilitarian approach to the subordination of individual psychological impulses to universal ends. His thesis provides him the opportunity to address numerous ethical issues. In some essays, he analyses the moral implications of the theory of evolution. In other pieces, Sidgwick offers his responses to particular criticisms of the views outlined in his work Methods ... More

Keywords: Bentham, ethics, evolution, free will, happiness, method, Mill, positive law, Sidgwick, universal hedonism, utilitarianism, verification

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Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198250234
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198250231.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Henry Sidgwick, author

Marcus G. Singer, editor
University of Wisconsin, Madison

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Part I Ethics

1. Utilitarianism

Henry Sidgwick

7. Law and Morality

Henry Sidgwick

Part II Value Theory and Moral Psychology

10. Pleasure and Desire

Henry Sidgwick

13. Unreasonable Action

Henry Sidgwick

Part III Method: Truth, Evidence, and Belief

Part IV Comments and Critiques

23. Sidgwick vs. Bradley

Henry Sidgwick

27. Green's Ethics

Henry Sidgwick

30. Spencer on Justice

Henry Sidgwick