Sidgwick and the History of Ethics

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 History of Ethics

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Sidgwick’s position is a synthesis of the major aspects of the work of the great thinkers of the past. However, his knowledge of the history of ethics does more than give an additional kind of argument in favour of his conclusions. The way the problems of ethics are viewed and treated in the Methods of Ethics is affected by his general idea of the development of moral philosophy. This chapter looks at Sidgwick’s sketch of this development.

Keywords: Sidgwick; moral philosophy; ethics

Chapter.  4309 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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