Reason and Action

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:
 Reason and Action

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This chapter examines Sidgwick’s views on morality as expressed in the different editions of The Methods of Ethics. Sidgwick holds that morality involves an ‘elementary concept’ which is unique to it and cannot be defined. Thus, it follows that the basic premises of ethical reasoning cannot be deduced from non-ethical premises.

Keywords: Sidgwick; moral philosophy; Methods of Ethics; morality; ethical reasoning

Chapter.  9100 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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