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'A hundred years after his death, Singer's volume demonstrates that Sidgwick continues to provide an exemplary model of the philosophical search for clarity, and of the openness to the thought of others required for the avoidance of dogmatism.' -British Journal of the History of PhilosophyEssays on Ethics and Method is a selection of the shorter writings of the great nineteenth-century moral philosopher Henry Sidgwick. Sidgwick's monumental work The Methods of Ethics is a classic of philosophy; this new volume is a fascinating complement to it. The volume will be a rich resource for anyone interested in moral philosophy or the development of modern analytical philosophy.
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The Distinction Between ‘Is’ and ‘Ought’

Taking ‘what ought to be’ to include both what is commonly judged to be ‘good’ and what is commonly judged to be ‘right’, that is to say, ‘the duty’ of a person, Sidgwick observes that there is a rationally based recognition of the variation in people's duties. Given the failure of people ... see more

Incoherence of Empirical Philosophy

Empirical philosophy, for Sidgwick, comprises those basic philosophical propositions espoused by Locke, Berkley, Hume, and Mill. He understands the theory to be, not a theory of being, but a theory of knowledge that sets out the criteria by which to distinguish true or real k... see more

Criteria of Truth and Error

In this chapter and the next, Sidgwick discusses in detail the problem of truth and falsehood. The ascertained erroneousness of some beliefs is apt to suggest to the philosopher (but not to the scientist) the possibility of the erroneousness of all beliefs, thus generating a central proble... see more

Bentham and Benthamism in Politics and Ethics

While Sidgwick praises Leslie Stephen's critical account of 18th century English philosophy, he regrets the brevity of Stephen's treatment of Bentham and Benthamism. This essay is his effort to provide a more substantial account of Bentham's contribution. Sidgwick observes that Bentham's o... see more

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