History of Philosophy Quarterly 29 (3):265–80 (2012)

John J. Tilley
Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis
This paper challenges Francis Hutcheson's and John Clarke of Hull's alleged demonstrations that William Wollaston's moral theory is inconsistent. It also present a form of the inconsistency objection that fares better than theirs, namely, that of Thomas Bott (1688-1754). Ultimately, the paper shows that Wollaston's moral standard is not what some have thought it to be; that consequently, his philosophy withstands the best-known efforts to expose it as inconsistent; and further, that one of the least-known British moralists is more important than hitherto thought, in that he uncovers the inconsistency Clarke and Hutcheson try in vain to elicit.
Keywords William Wollaston  Francis Hutcheson  John Clarke of Hull  Thomas Bott  British Moralists  Eighteenth Century Ethics
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Wollaston's Early Critics.John J. Tilley - 2012 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 20 (6):1097-1116.

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