Utilitas

Sidgwick 2000

Sidgwick and Common–Sense Morality

Brad Hookera1

a1 University of Reading, B.W.Hooker@Reading.ac.uk

Abstract

This paper begins by celebrating Sidgwick's Methods of Ethics. It then discusses Sidgwick's moral epistemology and in particular the coherentist element introduced by his argument from common-sense morality to utilitarianism. The paper moves on to a discussion of how common-sense morality seems more appealing if its principles are formulated as picking out pro tanto considerations rather than all-things-considered demands. Thefinal section of the paper considers the question of which version of utilitarianism follows from Sidgwick's arguments.