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The Cosmos of Duty: Henry Sidgwicks Methods of Ethics Roger Crisp

The Cosmos of Duty: Henry Sidgwicks Methods of Ethics

Roger Crisp

Published May 12th 2015
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256 pages
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Roger Crisp presents a comprehensive study of Henry Sidgwicks The Methods of Ethics, a landmark work first published in 1874. Crisp argues that Sidgwick is largely right about many central issues in moral philosophy: the metaphysics and epistemologyMoreRoger Crisp presents a comprehensive study of Henry Sidgwicks The Methods of Ethics, a landmark work first published in 1874. Crisp argues that Sidgwick is largely right about many central issues in moral philosophy: the metaphysics and epistemology of ethics, consequentialism, hedonism about well-being, and the weight to be given to self-interest. He holds that Sidgwicks long discussion of common-sense morality is probably the best discussion ofdeontology we have. And yet The Methods of Ethics can be hard to understand, and this is perhaps one reason why, though it is a philosophical goldmine, few have ventured deeply into it. What does Sidgwick mean by a method? Why does he discuss only three methods? What are his arguments for hedonism and forutilitarianism? How can we make sense of the idea of moral intuition? What is the role of virtue in Sidgwicks ethics? Crisp addresses these and many other questions, offering a fresh view of Sidgwicks text which will assist any moral philosopher to gain more from it.