British Ethical Theorists from Sidgwick to Ewing (The Oxford by Thomas Hurka

By Thomas Hurka

Thomas Hurka provides the 1st complete old examine of a huge strand within the improvement of contemporary ethical philosophy. His topic is a chain of British moral theorists from the overdue 19th century to the mid-twentieth century, who shared key assumptions that made them a unified and particular institution. The best-known of them are Henry Sidgwick, G. E. Moore, and W. D. Ross; others comprise Hastings Rashdall, H. A. Prichard, C. D. extensive, and A. C. Ewing.
They disagreed on a few very important subject matters, specially in normative ethics. hence a few have been consequentialists and others deontologists: Sidgwick notion purely excitement is sweet whereas others emphasised perfectionist items comparable to wisdom, aesthetic appreciation, and advantage. yet all have been non-naturalists and
intuitionists in metaethics, retaining that ethical decisions should be objectively real, have a particular subject-matter, and are recognized by way of direct perception. in addition they had related perspectives approximately how moral idea may still continue and what are appropriate arguments in it; their disagreements for that reason happened on universal ground.

Hurka recovers the historical past of this under-appreciated crew through displaying what its participants proposal, how they encouraged one another, and the way their principles replaced via time. He additionally identifies the shared assumptions that made their institution unified and designated, and assesses their contributions seriously, either after they debated one another and once they agreed. one in all his topics is that that their basic method of ethics used to be extra fruitful philosophically than many better-known ones of both
earlier and later times.

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