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Professor Calderwood on Intuitionism in Morals

Henry Sidgwick

in Essays on Ethics and Method

Published in print December 2000 | ISBN: 9780198250234
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598432 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198250231.003.0003

Series: British Moral Philosophers

 Professor Calderwood on Intuitionism in Morals

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Sidgwick argues that Calderwood's criticisms of his view on Intuitionism presented in Methods of Ethics derive from a misunderstanding of Sidgwick's project. Sidgwick did not set out to criticize, from the outside, a particular school of thought, but rather to trace the phases and to estimate the scientific value of a specific method of reaching practical decisions. One phase in this process is intuitionism. According to Sidgwick, the only ultimately valid moral intuitions are those that provide the philosophical basis for utilitarianism.

Keywords: Calderwood; intuitionism; method; Sidgwick; utilitarianism

Chapter.  1766 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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