Acts and Agents

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:
 Acts and Agents

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James Martineau’s views strongly influenced the making of Sidgwick’s The Methods of Ethics. An account of Martineau’s position can provide a better understanding on Sidgwick’s controversy with his position. Martineau’s philosophy was shaped by his reaction against the associationistic and utilitarian views of the earlier Unitarian writers, and was firmly fixed by the times of the reviews of Whewell. He is a pre-Sidgwickian intuitionist, despite the late appearance of his major work in ethics.

Keywords: James Martineau; Sidgwick; The Methods of Ethics; utilitarianism; moral philosophy

Chapter.  9260 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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