By Thomas Hurka

Thomas Hurka provides the 1st complete historic examine of a tremendous strand within the improvement of recent ethical philosophy. His topic is a sequence of British moral theorists from the past due 19th century to the mid-twentieth century, who shared key assumptions that made them a unified and exact college. The best-known of them are Henry Sidgwick, G. E. Moore, and W. D. Ross; others contain Hastings Rashdall, H. A. Prichard, C. D. extensive, and A. C. Ewing.
They disagreed on a few very important subject matters, specifically in normative ethics. therefore a few have been consequentialists and others deontologists: Sidgwick idea in basic terms excitement is sweet whereas others emphasised perfectionist items reminiscent of wisdom, aesthetic appreciation, and advantage. yet all have been non-naturalists and
intuitionists in metaethics, preserving that ethical decisions could be objectively real, have a particular subject-matter, and are identified via direct perception. in addition they had comparable perspectives approximately how moral concept may still continue and what are correct arguments in it; their disagreements for that reason happened on universal ground.

Hurka recovers the background of this under-appreciated workforce by way of displaying what its participants idea, how they prompted one another, and the way their rules replaced via time. He additionally identifies the shared assumptions that made their college unified and specific, and assesses their contributions severely, either after they debated one another and once they agreed. considered one of his topics is that that their normal method of ethics was once extra fruitful philosophically than many better-known ones of both
earlier and later times.

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