Lectures on the Ethics of T. H. Green, Mr Herbert Spencer, and J. Martineau

Lectures on the Ethics of T. H. Green, Mr Herbert Spencer, and J. Martineau

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One of the most influential of the Victorian philosophers, Henry Sidgwick (1838-1900) also made important contributions to fields such as economics, political theory, and classics. An active champion of higher education for women, he founded Cambridge's Newnham College in 1871. He attended Rugby School and then Trinity College, Cambridge, where he remained his whole career. In 1859 he took up a lectureship in classics, and held this post for ten years. In 1869, he moved to a lectureship in moral philosophy, the subject where he left his greatest mark. Published posthumously in 1902, this work is Sidgwick's expository critique of the leading schools of thought that had emerged to rival his philosophy of utilitarianism, which he had presented previously in his masterpiece The Methods of Ethics (also reissued in this series).
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1139136631
  • 9781139136631

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Preface; Lectures on Green's Ethics: 1. Green's metaphysical basis; 2. Green's view of freedom, and of desire, intellect, and volition; 3. Green's view of moral (including immoral) action; 4. Green's view of the good will, and true good; 5. Green's account of the moral ideal; 6. Green's view of Greek ethics; 7. Green's treatment of hedonism; 8. Green's treatment of hedonism (continued); Lectures on Mr. Spencer's Ethics: 1. Chapters I and II of Data of Ethics (Part I of The Principles of Ethics); 2. Data of Ethics - chapters III, IV, and X; 3. Data of Ethics - chapters V to VIII; 4. Data of Ethics - chapters XI to XVI, and chapter VIII; 5. Data of Ethics - chapters XV, XVI, and VIII; 6. The Inductions of Ethics (Part II of The Principles of Ethics); 7. The Ethics of Individual Life (Part III of The Principles of Ethics); 8. The Ethics of Social Life - Justice (Part IV of The Principles of Ethics) chapters I to VIII; 9. The Ethics of Social Life - Justice - chapter IX to end of Part IV; 10. Negative Beneficence and Positive Beneficence (Parts V and VI of The Principles of Ethics); Lectures on Martineau's Ethics: 1. Introduction; 2. Fundamental ethical fact; 3. Theory of prudence, merit and demerit, nature of moral authority; 4. Springs of action.
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