Butler's Ethics

David McNaughton

in The Oxford Handbook of the History of Ethics

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199545971
Published online April 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

Butler's Ethics

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This chapter analyses Butler's ethical theories, which are found primarily in Fifteen Sermons (1726 and 1729) and A Dissertation of the Nature of Virtue (1736). It covers his notions of superiority and authority, the supremacy of conscience, virtue, benevolence, and self-love.

Keywords: ethical theory; Fifteen Sermons; Nature of Virtue; conscience; benevolence; self-love

Article.  12308 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Moral Philosophy ; History of Western Philosophy

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