Sidgwick and the Later Victorians

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:
 Sidgwick and the Later Victorians

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In the latter part of his life, Sidgwick critiqued two schools of thought: the evolutional and the idealistic. He viewed these as two types of ethical thought moving away from his own. Bradley’s attack on Sidgwick, which had many objectives in which T. H. Green agreed, is examined. Sidgwick’s analysis of Green’s positive views is then discussed. Although Green agreed with Bradley on a Hegelian conception of nature and limits of moral philosophy, he had a more Kantian moral outlook. Sidgwick saw in Green the one serious effort to spell out a real alternative to his own.

Keywords: Sidgwick; T.H. Green; evolutionism; idealism; ethics; utilitarianism

Chapter.  11657 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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