Sidgwick, Dualism and Indeterminacy in Practical Reason

History of Philosophy Quarterly 15 (1):57 - 78 (1998)
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Sidgwick famously argued that there is an unresolvable conflict between two methods of ethics, utilitarianism and egoism: the dualism of practical reason. On the usual interpretation, the dualism undermines practical reason. I argue instead that Sidgwick's writing suggests an important truth about practical reason: though not incoherent, practical reason is, to a large and perhaps unfortunate degree, indeterminate.
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