David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Utilitas 12 (3):291 (2000)
Sidgwick maintains, plausibly, that the concept of a person's good is a normative one and takes for granted that it is normative for the agent's own choice and action. I argue that the normativity of a person's good must be understood in relation to concern for someone for that person's own sake. A person's good, I suggest, is what one should want for that person in so far as one cares about him, or what one should want for him for his sake. I examine Sidgwick's defence of the axioms of rational prudence and argue that it is powerless to convince anyone who lacks self-concern or thinks he has no reason to care for himself. To the extent that Sidgwick is persuasive, I argue, it is because he insinuates an assumption of self-concern. Similarly, Sidgwick's defence of the axiom of rational benevolence tacitly assumes, not just impersonality, but equal concern.
|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
Stephen L. Darwall (1974). Pleasure as Ultimate Good in Sidgwick's Ethics. The Monist 58 (3):475-489.
Stephen Darwall (1998). Empathy, Sympathy, Care. Philosophical Studies 89 (2-3):261–282.
Anthony Skelton (2007). Schultz's Sidgwick. Utilitas 19 (1):91-103.
Michael Davis (1998). Sidgwick's Impractical Ethics. International Journal of Applied Philosophy 12 (2):153-159.
Henry Sidgwick (1898/1998). Practical Ethics: A Collection of Addresses and Essays. Oxford University Press.
Anthony Skelton (2010). On Sidgwick's Demise. Utilitas 22 (1):70-77.
Guy Fletcher (2012). Resisting Buck-Passing Accounts of Prudential Value. Philosophical Studies 157 (1):77-91.
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
Francesco Orsi (2012). Sidgwick and the Morality of Purity. Revue d'Etudes Benthamiennes 10 (10).
H. Sidgwick (1877). Hedonism and Ultimate Good. Mind 2 (5):27-38.
John Deigh (2004). Sidgwick's Conception of Ethics. Utilitas 16 (2):168-183.
G. F. Barbour (1908). Green and Sidgwick on the Community of the Good. Philosophical Review 17 (2):149-166.
Anthony Skelton (2008). Sidgwick's Philosophical Intuitions. Etica and Politica / Ethics & Politics 10 (2):185-209.
David Brink (1992). Sidgwick and the Rationale for Rational Egoism. In Bart Schultz (ed.), Essays on Henry Sidgwick. Cambridge University Press
Added to index2010-08-30
Total downloads35 ( #110,217 of 1,790,117 )
Recent downloads (6 months)13 ( #63,760 of 1,790,117 )
How can I increase my downloads?