Thomas Hurka offers the 1st complete old research of a big strand within the improvement of contemporary 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 unique college. The best-known of them are Henry Sidgwick, G. E. Moore, and W. D. Ross; others comprise Hastings Rashdall, H. A. Prichard, C. D. huge, and A. C. Ewing. They disagreed on a few vital issues, in particular in normative ethics. therefore a few have been consequentialists and others deontologists: Sidgwick idea in simple terms excitement is nice whereas others emphasised perfectionist items corresponding to wisdom, aesthetic appreciation, and advantage. yet all have been non-naturalists and intuitionists in metaethics, protecting that ethical decisions might be objectively precise, have a particular subject-matter, and are recognized via direct perception. additionally they had related perspectives approximately how moral concept may still continue and what are correct arguments in it; their disagreements for this reason came about on universal ground.

Hurka recovers the historical past of this under-appreciated staff via displaying what its individuals inspiration, how they stimulated one another, and the way their rules replaced via time. He additionally identifies the shared assumptions that made their tuition unified and distinct, and assesses their contributions severely, either once they debated one another and after they agreed. certainly one of his subject matters is that that their basic method of ethics was once extra fruitful philosophically than many better-known ones of either prior and later times.

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