Utilitas

Sidgwick 2000

Desire and Will in Sidgwick and Green

John Skorupskia1

a1 University of St Andrews, jms2@st-andrews.ac.uk

Abstract

This paper examines T. H. Green's and Henry Sidgwick's differing views of desireand the will, and connectedly, their differing views of an individual's good and freedom. It is argued that Sidgwick makes effective criticisms of Green, but that important elements in Green's idealist view of an individual's good and freedom survive the criticism and remain significant today. It is also suggested that Sidgwick's own account of an individual's good is unclear in an important way.