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Sidgwick and Common–Sense Morality

  • Brad Hooker (a1)
Abstract

This paper begins by celebrating Sidgwick's Methods of Ethics. It then discusses Sidgwick's moral epistemology and in particular the coherentist element introduced by his argument from common-sense morality to utilitarianism. The paper moves on to a discussion of how common-sense morality seems more appealing if its principles are formulated as picking out pro tanto considerations rather than all-things-considered demands. Thefinal section of the paper considers the question of which version of utilitarianism follows from Sidgwick's arguments.

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Compare Alan Donagan , ‘Sidgwick and Whewellian Intuitionism:Some Enigmas’, Essays on Henry Sidgwick, ed. B. Schultz , New York, 1992

Marcus Singer , ‘Generalization in Ethics’, Mind, lxiv (1955)

David Lyons , Forms and Limits of Utilitarianism, Oxford, 1965

Donald Regan , Utilitarianism and Co-operation, Oxford, 1980

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Utilitas
  • ISSN: 0953-8208
  • EISSN: 1741-6183
  • URL: /core/journals/utilitas
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