Intuitionism and Common Sense

J. B. Schneewind

in Sidgwick's Ethics and Victorian Moral Philosophy

Published in print November 1986 | ISBN: 9780198249313
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598357 | DOI:
 Intuitionism and Common Sense

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Thomas Reid and William Whewell were the two central figures in ethical intuitionism in the 19th century. Sidgwick was likely to have studied them during the early stage of his development, since his own ethical position incorporates much of the substance of Reid’s and some of the methodology of Whewell. This chapter discusses Reid’s moral philosophy and some of the problems its raises. It also traces briefly the history of the Scottish school to its end in the work of Alexander Smith.

Keywords: Thomas Reid; William Whewell; ethical intuitionism; Alexander Smith; Henry Sidgwick; moral philosophy

Chapter.  10679 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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