The Examination of Common‐Sense Morality

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 Examination of Common‐Sense Morality

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Two discussions on common sense morality in Book III of Sidgwick’s The Methods of Ethics are examined. These chapters are among the most valuable of Sidgwick’s contributions to ethics given their attention to detail, nicety of discrimination, and breadth of perspective on ordinary moral concepts and maxims. Attention is given to Sidgwick’s specific analysis of moral rules, since his conclusions about them establish the main features of common-sense morality which any ethical theory must be able to explain.

Keywords: Sidgwick; Method of Ethics; moral philosophy; moral rules; common sense morality

Chapter.  10437 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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