Anthony Skelton University of Western Ontario
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  • PhD, University of Toronto, 2005.

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I work in ethics and the history of ethics.
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    Anthony Skelton (forthcoming). Introduction to the Symposium on Peter Singer, The Most Good You Can Do. Journal of Global Ethics 12 (2).
    This is the introduction to the Journal of Global Ethics symposium on Peter Singer's The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism is Changing Ideas About Living Ethically. It summarizes the main features of effective altruism in the context of Singer's work on the moral demands of global poverty and some recent criticisms of effective altruism. The symposium contains contributions by Anthony Skelton, Violetta Igneski, Tracy Isaacs and Peter Singer.
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    Anthony Skelton (forthcoming). E. F. Carritt (1876-1964). In Hugh LaFollette (ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Ethics. Wiley-Blackwell
    E. F. Carritt (1876-1964) was educated at and taught in Oxford University. He made substantial contributions both to aesthetics and to moral philosophy. The focus of this entry is his work in moral philosophy. His most notable works in this field are The Theory of Morals (1928) and Ethical and Political Thinking (1947). Carritt developed views in metaethics and in normative ethics. In meta-ethics he defends a cognitivist, non-naturalist moral realism and was among the first to respond to A. J. (...)
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    Anthony Skelton (forthcoming). Review of J. B. Schneewind, Essays on the History of Moral Philosophy. [REVIEW] Mind.
    This is a critical review of J. B. Schneewind's Essays on the History of Moral Philosophy which both praises and raises worries about some of the main claims found in select articles in the volume. It engages with Schneewind's remarks on the historiography of moral philosophy.
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    Anthony Skelton (forthcoming). The Ethical Principles of Effective Altruism. Journal of Global Ethics 12 (2).
    This paper is an examination of the ethical principles of effective altruism as they are articulated by Peter Singer in his book The Most Good You Can Do. It discusses the nature and the plausibility of the principles that he thinks both guide and ought to guide effective altruists. It argues in § II pace Singer that it is unclear that in charitable giving one ought always to aim to produce the most surplus benefit possible and in § III that (...)
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    Anthony Skelton (2015). Children's Well-Being: A Philosophical Analysis. In Guy Fletcher (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Well-being. London 366-377.
    A philosophical discussion of children's well-being in which various existing views of well-being are discussed to determine their implications for children's well-being and a variety of views of children's well-being are considered and evaluated.
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    Anthony Skelton (2015). Review of David Phillips, Sidgwickian Ethics. [REVIEW] Journal of Moral Philosophy 12 (6):794-797.
    This is a critical review of David Phillips's Sidgwickian Ethics. The book deserves high praise.
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    Anthony Skelton (2015). Review of Terence Irwin, The Development of Ethics: A Historical and Critical Study. Volume III: From Kant To Rawls. [REVIEW] Philosophical Review 124 (2):279-286.
    This is a critical review of Terence Irwin's The Development of Ethics: A Historical and Critical Study. Volume III: From Kant to Rawls. Among other things, the review remarks on Irwin's treatment of utilitarianism and on the lack of discussion of work in feminist ethics in the twentieth century.
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    Anthony Skelton (2014). On Henry Sidgwick's 'My Station and its Duties'. Ethics 125 (1):586-591.
    This is a retrospective essay on Henry Sidgwick's "My Station and Its Duties" written to mark the 125th anniversary of Ethics. It engages with Sidgwick's remarks on the kind of ethical expertise that the moral philosopher possesses and on his approach to practical ethics generally.
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    Anthony Skelton (2014). Singer, Peter (1946-). In Michael Gibbons (ed.), Encyclopedia of Political Thought. Wiley-Blackwell 3454-3455.
    A short encyclopedia article on Peter Singer which discusses his views on the obligations that the global wealthy have to the global poor and on our obligations to non-human animals.
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  10. Anthony Skelton (2014). Utilitarianism, Welfare, Children. In Alexander Bagattini & Colin Macleod (eds.), The Nature of Children's Well-Being: Theory and Practice. Springer 85-103.
    Utilitarianism is the view according to which the only basic requirement of morality is to maximize net aggregate welfare. This position has implications for the ethics of creating and rearing children. Most discussions of these implications focus either on the ethics of procreation and in particular on how many and whom it is right to create, or on whether utilitarianism permits the kind of partiality that child rearing requires. Despite its importance to creating and raising children, there are, (...)
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  11. Anthony Skelton (2013). Review of Fred Feldman, What is This Thing Called Happiness? [REVIEW] Philosophical Quarterly 63 (251):395-398.
    A critical review of Fred Feldman's What is This Thing Called Happiness? which includes a partial defence of the life satisfaction theory of happiness.
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  12. Anthony Skelton (2013). Rashdall, Hastings. In Hugh LaFollette (ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Ethics. Wiley-Blackwell
    An opinionated encyclopedia entry on Hastings Rashdall, in which several worries about his case for ideal utilitarianism are raised.
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    Anthony Skelton (2013). Rashdall, Hastings (1858-1924). In James Crimmins (ed.), Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Utilitarianism. Bloomsbury Academic
    An opinionated encyclopedia entry discussing and evaluating Rashdall's case for ideal utilitarianism.
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  14. Anthony Skelton (2013). Intuitionism. In James Crimmins (ed.), Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Utilitarianism. Bloomsbury Academic
    An opinionated encyclopedia entry detailing and evaluating the utilitarian engagement with intuitionism.
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    Anthony Skelton (2013). Symposium on David Phillips's Sidgwickian Ethics: Introduction. Revue d'Etudes Benthamiennes 12.
    This is a brief introduction to a symposium on David Phillips's Sidgwickian Ethics.
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  16. Anthony Skelton (2013). Ideal Utilitarianism. In James Crimmins (ed.), Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Utilitarianism. Bloomsbury Academic
    An opinionated encyclopedia entry on ideal utilitarianism in which various arguments for the view are discussed and evaluated.
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  17. Anthony Skelton (2013). Griffin, James (1933-). In James Crimmins (ed.), Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Utilitarianism. Bloomsbury Academic
    A short, opinionated encyclopedia entry on James Griffin, in which some of his views are discussed and evaluated.
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  18. Anthony Skelton (2013). Sidgwick’s Argument for Utilitarianism and His Moral Epistemology: A Reply to David Phillips. Revue d'Etudes Benthamiennes 12.
    David Phillips’s Sidgwickian Ethics is a penetrating contribution to the scholarly and philosophical understanding of Henry Sidgwick’s The Methods of Ethics. This note focuses on Phillips’s understanding of (aspects of) Sidgwick’s argument for utilitarianism and the moral epistemology to which he subscribes. In § I, I briefly outline the basic features of the argument that Sidgwick provides for utilitarianism, noting some disagreements with Phillips along the way. In § II, I raise some objections to Phillips’s account of the epistemology (...)
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  19. Anthony Skelton (2013). Ross, William David (1877-1971). In James Crimmins (ed.), Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Utilitarianism. Bloomsbury Academic
    A short encyclopedia article devoted to W. D. Ross.
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  20. Charles Weijer, Anthony Skelton & Samantha Brennan (eds.) (2013). Bioethics in Canada. Oxford University Press.
    This is the table of contents of and introduction to a textbook entitled Bioethics in Canada. It will be published by Oxford University Press in March of 2013. It is designed mainly for use in Canada. Of the 51 articles that it contains, 26 are written by Canadians. -/- For further information, see http://www.oupcanada.com/catalog/9780195440157.html and http://www.amazon.ca/Bioethics-Canada-Charles-Weijer/dp/0195440153/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=13 59542985&sr=1-1.
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  21. Anthony Skelton (2011). Ideal Utilitarianism: Rashdall and Moore. In Thomas Hurka (ed.), Underivative Duty: British Moral Philosophers from Sidgwick to Ewing. Oxford University Press 45-65.
    Ideal utilitarianism states that the only fundamental requirement of morality is to promote a plurality of intrinsic goods. This paper critically evaluates Hastings Rashdall’s arguments for ideal utilitarianism, while comparing them with G. E. Moore’s arguments. Section I outlines Rashdall’s ethical outlook. Section II considers two different arguments that he provides for its theory of rightness. Section III discusses his defence of a pluralist theory of value. Section IV argues that Rashdall makes a lasting contribution to the defence of ideal (...)
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    Anthony Skelton (2011). Review of Andrew Irvine and John Russell (Eds.), In the Agora: The Public Face of Canadian Philosophy. [REVIEW] The University of Toronto Quarterly 80 (1):244-245.
    This is a critical review of In the Agora: The Public Face of Canadian Philosophy. It argues that this book does not adequately represent the public face of Canadian philosophy, though it contains some first-rate contributions.
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  23. Anthony Skelton (2011). Utilitarian Practical Ethics: Sidgwick and Singer. In Placido Bucolo, Roger Crisp & Bart Schultz (eds.), Henry Sidgwick: Ethics, Psychics, and Politics. Catania: University of Catania Press
    It is often argued that Henry Sidgwick is a conservative about moral matters, while Peter Singer is a radical. Both are exponents of a utilitarian account of morality but they use it to very different effect. I think this way of viewing the two is mistaken or, at the very least, overstated. Sidgwick is less conservative than has been suggested and Singer is less radical than he initially seems. To illustrate my point, I will rely on what each has to (...)
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    Anthony Skelton (2010/2012). William David Ross. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
    Presents and argues for a novel interpretation of Ross's distinctive contribution to moral theory and meta-ethics.
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    Anthony Skelton (2010). Henry Sidgwick, 1838-1900. In William Sweet (ed.), Biographical Encyclopedia of British Idealism. Continuum
    Dictionary entry discussing Henry Sidgwick with special emphasis on his relationship to notable British idealists.
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  26. Anthony Skelton (2010). Henry Sidgwick's Moral Epistemology. Journal of the History of Philosophy 48 (4):491-519.
    In this essay I defend the view that Henry Sidgwick’s moral epistemology is a form of intuitionist foundationalism that grants common-sense morality no evidentiary role. In §1, I outline both the problematic of The Methods of Ethics and the main elements of its argument for utilitarianism. In §§2-4 I provide my interpretation of Sidgwick’s moral epistemology. In §§ 5-8 I refute rival interpretations, including the Rawlsian view that Sidgwick endorses some version of reflective equilibrium and the view that he is (...)
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  27. Anthony Skelton (2010). On Sidgwick's Demise. Utilitas 22 (1):70-77.
    In ‘Sidgwick’s Epistemology’, John Deigh argues that Henry Sidgwick’s The Methods of Ethics ‘was not perceived during his lifetime as a major and lasting contribution to British moral philosophy’ and that interest in it declined considerably after Sidgwick’s death because the epistemology on which it relied ‘increasingly became suspect in analytic philosophy and eventually [it was] discarded as obsolete’. In this article I dispute these claims.
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    Anthony Skelton (2009). Review of Peter Singer, The Life You Can Save. [REVIEW] The Globe and Mail: F11.
    This is a review of Peter Singer The Life You Can Save. The author argues that the book is excellent and sees Singer at his best.
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    Anthony Skelton (2008). Sidgwick's Philosophical Intuitions. Etica and Politica / Ethics & Politics 10 (2):185-209.
    Sidgwick famously claimed that an argument in favour of utilitarianism might be provided by demonstrating that a set of defensible philosophical intuitions undergird it. This paper focuses on those philosophical intuitions. It aims to show which specific intuitions Sidgwick endorsed, and to shed light on their mutual connections. It argues against many rival interpretations that Sidgwick maintained that six philosophical intuitions constitute the self-evident grounds for utilitarianism, and that those intuitions appear to be specifications of a negative principle of universalization (...)
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    Anthony Skelton (2007). Schultz's Sidgwick. Utilitas 19 (1):91-103.
    Bart Schultz’s Henry Sidgwick: Eye of the Universe is a welcome addition to the growing literature on Sidgwick. In this article, I direct my attention for the most part to one aspect of what Schultz says about Sidgwick’s masterpiece, The Methods of Ethics, as well as to what he does not say about Sidgwick’s illuminating but neglected work Practical Ethics. This article is divided into three sections. In the first, I argue that there is a problem with Schultz’s endorsement of (...)
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  31. Anthony Skelton (2007). Critical Notice of Robert Audi, The Good in the Right. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 37 (2):305-325.
    Critical notice of Robert Audi's The Good in the Right in which doubts are raised about the epistemological and ethical doctrines it defends. It doubts that an appeal to Kant is a profitable way to defend Rossian normative intuitionism.
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    Anthony Skelton (2006). Henry Sidgwick's Practical Ethics: A Defense. Utilitas 18 (3):199-217.
    Henry Sidgwick's Practical Ethics offers a novel approach to practical moral issues. In this article, I defend Sidgwick's approach against recent objections advanced by Sissela Bok, Karen Hanson, Michael S. Pritchard, and Michael Davis. In the first section, I provide some context within which to situate Sidgwick's view. In the second, I outline the main features of Sidgwick's methodology and the powerful rationale that lies behind it. I emphasize elements of the view that help to defend it, noting some affinities (...)
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    Anthony Skelton (2006). Review of Bart Schultz and Georgios Varouxakis (Eds.) Utilitarianism and Empire. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2006 (7).
    This is a review of Utilitarianism and Empire edited by Schultz and Varouxakis. It expresses admiration for the volume, especially the essays by Pitts and Rosen.
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  34. Anthony Skelton (2005). Griffin, James (1933-). In Stuart Brown (ed.), The Dictionary of Twentieth-Century British Philosophers. Thoemmes Press
    Dictionary entry discussing the main moral and meta-ethical doctrines found in the works of James Griffin.
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    Anthony Skelton (2005). Review of Bart Schultz, Henry Sidgwick, Eye of the Universe: An Intellectual Biography. [REVIEW] Philosophy in Review 25 (3):231-234.
    A critical review of Bart Schultz, Henry Sidgwick, Eye of the Universe.
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    Anthony Skelton (2002). Henry Sidgwick, 1838-1900. In J. Mander & A. P. F. Sell (eds.), The Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century British Philosophers. Thoemmes Press
    Dictionary entry written on Henry Sidgwick, which surveys the main features of his moral framework.
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    Anthony Skelton (2002). Review of Robert Myers, Self-Governance and Cooperation. [REVIEW] Utilitas 14 (1):128-130.
    A critical review of Robert Myers Self-Governance and Cooperation.
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    Anthony Skelton (2001). Review of Dale Jamieson (Ed.), Singer and His Critics. [REVIEW] Australasian Journal of Philosophy 79 (4):574 – 576.
    This is a review of Singer and His Critics edited by Dale Jamieson. It argues that the volume is important. The essay by Colin McGinn is heavily criticized.
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    Anthony Skelton (2001). Review of R. M. Hare, Sorting Out Ethics. [REVIEW] Australasian Journal of Philosophy 79 (4):583 – 585.
    This is a short review of R.M. Hare's Sorting Out Ethics. It critically evaluates Hare's universal prescriptivism.
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    Anthony Skelton (2000). Review of Glenn McGee (Ed.), Pragmatic Bioethics. [REVIEW] Philosophy in Review 20 (5):365-367.
    Critical review of Glenn McGee, ed., Pragmatic Bioethics.
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  41. Anthony Skelton (1999). Review of Shelly Kagan, Normative Ethics. [REVIEW] Philosophy in Review 19 (5):350-351.
     
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  42. Anthony Skelton (1998). Review of David Heyd (Ed.), Toleration: An Elusive Virtue. Philosophy in Review 18 (3):180-182.
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