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

By Thomas Hurka

Thomas Hurka offers the 1st complete ancient examine of a massive strand within the improvement of recent ethical philosophy. His topic is a chain of British moral theorists from the past due 19th century to the mid-twentieth century, who shared key assumptions that made them a unified and specific college. 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 vital issues, specifically in normative ethics. hence a few have been consequentialists and others deontologists: Sidgwick notion basically excitement is nice whereas others emphasised perfectionist items equivalent to wisdom, aesthetic appreciation, and advantage. yet all have been non-naturalists and
intuitionists in metaethics, maintaining that ethical decisions should be objectively precise, have a particular subject-matter, and are identified through direct perception. additionally they had comparable perspectives approximately how moral thought should still continue and what are suitable arguments in it; their disagreements for that reason came about on universal ground.

Hurka recovers the historical past of this under-appreciated staff by means of displaying what its contributors suggestion, how they stimulated one another, and the way their rules replaced via time. He additionally identifies the shared assumptions that made their tuition unified and specific, and assesses their contributions severely, either after they debated one another and once they agreed. one among his topics is that that their normal method of ethics was once extra fruitful philosophically than many better-known ones of both
earlier and later times.

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