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The Happiness PhilosophersThe Lives and Works of the Great Utilitarians$
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Bart Schultz

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780691154770

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691154770.001.0001

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Henry Sidgwick and Beyond

Henry Sidgwick and Beyond

(p.218) Chapter Four Henry Sidgwick and Beyond
The Happiness Philosophers

Bart Schultz

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines Henry Sidgwick's utilitarianism. It first considers Sidgwick's agnosticism before discussing his views on subjects ranging from hedonism and colonialism to poverty, common-sense morality, and politics and political economy. It then looks at some of Sidgwick's writings, such as The Development of European Polity, The Elements of Politics, Lectures on the Philosophy of Kant, and The Methods of Ethics. It also explores the current reconstructions and appropriations of many of Sidgwick's positions in the works of philosophers like Roger Crisp, Rob Shaver, Peter Singer, Derek Parft, and Katarzyna de Lazari-Radek, and argues that they have contributed to a true renaissance of hedonistic and rational intuition-based utilitarianism (or at least rationalistic consequentialism) that few saw coming even in the late twentieth century.

Keywords:   utilitarianism, Henry Sidgwick, hedonism, poverty, morality, politics, political economy, The Elements of Politics, The Methods of Ethics, Roger Crisp

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