The Methods of Ethics

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The Methods of Ethics
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Author Henry Sidgwick
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Subject Ethics
Publication date
Media type Print

The Methods of Ethics is a book on utilitarianism first published in 1874 by the English philosopher Henry Sidgwick.[1] The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy indicates that The Methods of Ethics "in many ways marked the culmination of the classical utilitarian tradition." Noted moral and political philosopher John Rawls, writing in the Forward to the Hackett reprint of the 7th edition,[2] says Methods of Ethics "is the clearest and most accessible formulation of ... 'the classical utilitarian doctrine'". Contemporary utilitarian philosopher Peter Singer has said that the Methods "is simply the best book on ethics ever written."[3]

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  1. ^ "Henry Sidgwick, 1838-1900" at The History of Economic Thought Website Retrieved January 5, 2010
  2. ^ Sidgwick, Henry (1981), Methods of Ethics (7th [Hackett reprint] ed.), Hackett Publishing Co., ISBN 0-915145-28-6 
  3. ^ Peter Singer - Interview at Retrieved January 5, 2010

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