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Sidgwick and Common–Sense Morality

  • Brad Hooker (a1)

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