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Hardback 280 pp.
156 mm x 234 mm



Publication date:
March 2011

Imprint: OUP UK

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Underivative Duty

British Moral Philosophers from Sidgwick to Ewing

Edited by Thomas Hurka

These ten new essays by leading contemporary philosophers constitute the first collective study of a group of British moral philosophers active between the 1870s and 1950s, including Henry Sidgwick, Hastings Rashdall, G.E. Moore, H.A. Prichard, W.D. Ross, and A.C. Ewing. The essays help recover the history of this neglected period: they treat it as a unity, draw out the connections between the thinkers, engage philosophically with their ideas, and in so doing show how much they can contribute to present-day philosophical debates

Readership : Scholars and students of ethics and the history of modern philosophy.

Thomas Hurka: Introduction
1. Thomas Hurka: Common Themes from Sidgwick to Ewing
2. Roger Crisp: Pleasure and Hedonism in Sidgwick
3. Anthony Skelton: Ideal Utilitarianism: Rashdall and Moore
4. Dennis McKerlie: McTaggart on Love
5. Jonathan Dancy: Has Anyone Ever Been a Non-Intuitionist?
6. T.H. Irwin: Mistakes about Good: Prichard, Carritt, and Aristotle
7. Robert Shaver: The Birth of Deontology
8. Philip Stratton-Lake: Eliminativism about Derivative Prima Facie Duties
9. Michael J. Zimmerman: Ross on Retributivism
10. Jonas Olson and Mark Timmons: A.C. Ewing's First and Second Thoughts about Metaethics

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Thomas Hurka is Jackman Distinguished Chair in Philosophical Studies at the University of Toronto.

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Special Features

  • The first book on a key period in the history of moral philosophy.
  • All essays published here for the first time.
  • Features an excellent line-up of contributors.