David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
International Journal of Applied Philosophy 12 (2):153-159 (1998)
Oxford inaugurated its new series in practical ethics by reprinting Sidgwick’s century-old Practical Ethics, edited and introduced by Sissela Bok. While this reissue is, in many respects, both appropriate and welcome, it is, in one respect, quite inappropriate. Even a short examination of Sidgwick’s little book shows that Sidgwick did not understand practical ethics as we do: a) because he radically overestimated the importance of a common theoretical starting point; and b) because he radically underestimated the importance of detailed study of particular cases as a replacement for a common theoretical starting point. Philosophers only began to revise their estimates on these matters during the 1960s. When they did, it was not theory that drove them to it but extended experience with medical ethics, an experience no philosopher before then had had. We who do practical ethics are, I think, inclined to overlook the formative power of that experience. Sidgwick’s Practical Ethics seems a good antidote for that
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Anthony Skelton (2006). Henry Sidgwick's Practical Ethics: A Defense. Utilitas 18 (3):199-217.
Michael S. Pritchard (1998). Sidgwick's Practical Ethics. International Journal of Applied Philosophy 12 (2):147-151.
Anthony Skelton (2007). Schultz's Sidgwick. Utilitas 19 (1):91-103.
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.
Henry Sidgwick (1898/1998). Practical Ethics: A Collection of Addresses and Essays. Oxford University Press.
Francesco Orsi (2012). Sidgwick and the Morality of Purity. Revue d'Etudes Benthamiennes 10 (10).
John Deigh (2004). Sidgwick's Conception of Ethics. Utilitas 16 (2):168-183.
Hallvard Lillehammer (2010). Methods of Ethics and the Descent of Man: Darwin and Sidgwick on Ethics and Evolution. Biology and Philosophy 25 (3):361-378.
Sissela Bok (2000). Henry Sidgwick's Practical Ethics. Utilitas 12 (03):361-.
Katarzyna de Lazari-Radek & Peter Singer (2012). The Objectivity of Ethics and the Unity of Practical Reason. Ethics 123 (1):9-31.
Henry Sidgwick (2000). Essays on Ethics and Method. Oxford University Press.
Bart Schultz (ed.) (1992). Essays on Henry Sidgwick. Cambridge University Press.
Anthony Skelton (2013). Sidgwick’s Argument for Utilitarianism and His Moral Epistemology: A Reply to David Phillips. Revue d'Etudes Benthamiennes 12.
Bart Schultz (2004). The Methods of J. B. Schneewind. Utilitas 16 (2):146-167.
Anthony Skelton (2010). On Sidgwick's Demise. Utilitas 22 (1):70-77.
Added to index2011-01-09
Total downloads15 ( #122,712 of 1,410,154 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #177,743 of 1,410,154 )
How can I increase my downloads?