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The Aims and Scope of <i>The Methods of Ethics</i>

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198249314.003.0007
 The Aims and Scope of The Methods of Ethics

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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 book to be systematic — a direct opposition to Grote’s rejection of system in moral philosophy. To understand the way in which the Methods is systematic, it is important to clarify what it is and is not intended to cover and to establish.

Keywords: Sidgwick; The Method of Ethics; moral philosophy

Chapter.  9529 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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