Underivative Duty: British Moral Philosophers from Sidgwick to Ewing

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These ten new essays by leading contemporary philosophers constitute the first collective study of a group of British moral philosophers active between the 1870s and 1950s, including Henry Sidgwick, Hastings Rashdall, G.E. Moore, H.A. Prichard, W.D. Ross, and A.C. Ewing. The essays help recover the history of this neglected period: they treat it as a unity, draw out the connections between the thinkers, engage philosophically with their ideas, and in so doing show how much they can contribute to present-day philosophical debates

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"Worthy of honorable mention is Roger Crisp's chapter on Sidgwick's Hedonism. It matches careful exegesis with an interesting analysis of the strengths (and weaknesses) of the hedonistic position... All in all, Hurka's book is enjoyable, and all of the articles are valuable in some way (as might be expected from such a distinguished group of scholars). The chapters are well-edited, and the topic is both important and under-examined. Historians of this period and anyone interested in Ethical Intuitionism will find this work to be highly valuable." —Mind
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199577446
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/15/2011
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Hurka is Jackman Distinguished Chair in Philosophical Studies at the University of Toronto.

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Table of Contents

Introduction, Thomas Hurka
1. Common Themes from Sidgwick to Ewing, Thomas Hurka
2. Pleasure and Hedonism in Sidgwick, Roger Crisp
3. Ideal Utilitarianism: Rashdall and Moore, Anthony Skelton
4. McTaggart on Love, Dennis McKerlie
5. Has Anyone Ever Been a Non-Intuitionist?, Jonathan Dancy
6. Mistakes about Good: Prichard, Carritt, and Aristotle, T.H. Irwin
7. The Birth of Deontology, Robert Shaver
8. Eliminativism about Derivative Prima Facie Duties, Philip Stratton-Lake
9. Ross on Retributivism, Michael J. Zimmerman
10. A.C. Ewing's First and Second Thoughts about Metaethics, Jonas Olson and Mark Timmons

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