The Early Utilitarians

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:
 The Early Utilitarians

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The understanding of the aims and limits of moral philosophy in Britain developed out of the 19th century debates between intuitionists and utilitarians. Sidgwick’s Methods of Ethics attempted to reconcile these two schools, and marked the first time all the characteristics of a modern treatment of ethics that were fully and deliberately brought together in a single work. Sidgwick is often described as the last of the classical utilitarians, and may be considered the first modern moralist.

Keywords: moral philosophy; intuitionism; utilitarianism; Sidgwick; ethics

Chapter.  12465 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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