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British Ethical Theorists from Sidgwick to Ewing (The Oxford History of Philosophy)

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Thomas Hurka presents the first full historical study of an important strand in the development of modern moral philosophy. His subject is a series of British ethical theorists from the late nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century, who shared key assumptions that made them a unified
and distinctive school. The best-known of them are Henry Sidgwick, G. E. Moore, and W. D. Ross; others include Hastings Rashdall, H. A. Prichard, C. D. Broad, and A. C. Ewing. They disagreed on some important topics, especially in normative ethics. Thus some were consequentialists and others
deontologists: Sidgwick thought only pleasure is good while others emphasized perfectionist goods such as knowledge, aesthetic appreciation, and virtue. But all were non-naturalists and intuitionists in metaethics, holding that moral judgements can be objectively true, have a distinctive
subject-matter, and are known by direct insight. They also had similar views about how ethical theory should proceed and what are relevant arguments in it; their disagreements therefore took place on common ground.

Hurka recovers the history of this under-appreciated group by showing what its members thought, how they influenced each other, and how their ideas changed through time. He also identifies the shared assumptions that made their school unified and distinctive, and assesses their contributions
critically, both when they debated each other and when they agreed. One of his themes is that that their general approach to ethics was more fruitful philosophically than many better-known ones of both earlier and later times.

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ISBN-13: 9780199233625
ISBN-10: 0199233624
Pagini: 336
Dimensiuni: 162 x 241 x 24 mm
Greutate: 0.64 kg
Editura: Oxford University Press
Colecția OUP Oxford
Seria The Oxford History of Philosophy

Locul publicării: Oxford, United Kingdom

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This is a remarkable book. Thomas Hurka offers us an extraordinarily rich account of the views of a century of British moral philosophers ... he also offers characteristically forceful assessments of who was right and which changes of view were for the better and which for the worse ... Hurka's book is a wonderful resource. The index alone is amazing.
Hurka's study is a valuable contribution to the literature and will surely succeed in stimulating more discussion of this period of moral philosophy ... Highly Recommended.
An absolutely marvelous book: chock-full of interesting discussions of philosophically important ideas of a group of relatively neglected philosophers who deserve to be much better known. Hurka writes with enviable acuity, efficiency, and flair. And he makes a convincing case that these figures constitute a golden age of British ethical philosophy ... filled with wonderfully interesting philosophy, both the school's and Hurka's, presented with great clarity andlively and masterful prose. It is an important book, both for the light it sheds on this rich philosophical period and for the significance the school's ideas have for continuing debates today. I could not recommend it more highly.
The quality of scholarship is tremendously high ... Hurka's book leaves no doubt that the school from Sidgwick to Ewing marks a peak in the history of moral philosophy. ... Every moral philosopher should read it.
The value of this book ... is immense. The penetrating discussions of such matters as Ross's different formulations of his position on prima facie duties, of the Broad-Ewing defence of 'fittingness' as the fundamental thin moral concept, ... and so on and on are deft, scholarly, and wonderfully informative.

Notă biografică

Thomas Hurka is Chancellor Henry N.R. Jackman Distinguished Professor of Philosophical Studies at the University of Toronto and taught previously at the University of Calgary. He is the author of several books primarily in the theory of value—Perfectionism (OUP, 1993), Virtue, Vice, and Value (OUP, 2001), and The Best Things in Life (OUP, 2011)—and is the author of Underivative Duty: British Moral Philosophers from Sidgwick toEwing (OUP, 2011), as well as numerous articles in moral and political philosophy. For a time he was a weekly ethics columnist for the Globe and Mail newspaper.