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Sidgwickian Ethics

David Phillips


Henry Sidgwick’s The Methods of Ethics is one of the most important books in the history of moral philosophy. But it has not hitherto received the kind of sustained scholarly attention its stature merits. In this book the author aims to do something that has (surprisingly) not been done before: to interpret and evaluate the central argument of the Methods, in a way that brings out the important conceptual and historical connections between Sidgwick’s views and contemporary moral philosophy.Sidgwick distinguished three basic methods: utilitarianism, egoism, and dogmatic intuitionism. And he foc ... More

Keywords: Sidgwick, ethics, moral philosophy, utilitarianism, egoism, intuitionism, reason, metaethics, epistemology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199778911
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199778911.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Phillips, author
University of Houston