The Theory of Evolution in Its Application to Practice

Henry Sidgwick

in Essays on Ethics and Method

Published in print December 2000 | ISBN: 9780198250234
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598432 | DOI:

Series: British Moral Philosophers

 The Theory of Evolution in Its Application to Practice

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In this chapter, Sidgwick addresses the ethical implications of Darwin's theory of evolution. Sidgwick holds that the core of truth in Darwin's view is that the most important function of the moral sense consists in the enforcement of those habits of life that are indispensable to the existence of any human society. The utilitarian views that Darwin seeks to transcend must be taken into account as they provide the only satisfactory specification of notions like well and good.

Keywords: Darwin; evolution; good; moral sense; Sidgwick; society; well

Chapter.  6976 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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