Henry Sidgwick (1838-1900) was a moral philosopher , a politician and mostly a utilitarian who took the origins of his thought in John Stuart Mill’s and Bentham’s utilitarianism . The difference between those two and Sidgwick lies in the socialistic tendency of J.S. Mill and Bentham which Sidgwick refuses. In fact, he desires the same things for the society: that every one, the government as well as the citizens, act in order to create a better happiness for the individuals and for the all community; but he considers the socialist principle of realising the equality of happiness impossible and politically as well as economically wrong.

Henry Sidgwick is a major philosopher of Utilitarianism, as he is the successor of Jeremy Bentham, John and James Stuart Mill. The aim of this website is to present this philosopher, his written work and all the events organised arround him as well as the international research program of Utilitarian University Scholars.


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First Book in French about SIDGWICK

Henry Sidgwick et la politique moderne dans les "Eléments Politiques"

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Central European University, Budapest
Moral Intuitionism, Epistemological
and Ethical Aspects

22 July-31 July

Deadline to register 15 February 2013
LINK: http://www.summer.ceu.hu/intuitionism-2013

There will be courses about Ross, Sidgwick and Pritchard

CEU's summer school (http://www.summer.ceu.hu/intuitionism-2013) invites applications from PhD students, post-doc fellows, researchers, and junior faculty with research interests in a deeper understanding of intuitions, especially in the fields of history of philosophy, epistemology, ethics, and meta-ethics. Applications are encouraged from all over the world. The application deadline is February 15, 2013. Financial aid is available.
The course will run from July 22-31, 2013 at CEU’s downtown campus in Budapest, Hungary, and will focus on the epistemology of moral intuitions and their role in ethical inquiry. The list of instructors includes leading international scholars in the field: Robert Audi (University of Notre Dame, via Skype), Brad Hooker (University of Reading), Nenad Miscevic, (CEU), Sabine Roeser (TUDelft), Russ Shafer-Landau (University of Wisconsin), Rob Shaver(University of Manitoba), and Philip Stratton-Lake (University of Reading).

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Sidgwick and Contemporary Utilitarianism - Mariko Nakano-Okuno

New Book:

Sidgwick and Contemporary Utilitarianism

by Mariko Nakano-Okuno

This is one of the rare academic studies on what John Rawls, Peter Singer and Derek Parfit acknowledge as the finest book in ethics – The Methods of Ethics written by Henry Sidgwick. With a rather shocking conclusion that 'none of us can match Sidgwick', Mariko Nakano-Okuno elaborately and lucidly analyzes Henry Sidgwick's impacts on contemporary ethics, including critical reassessment of the utilitarian philosophy of R. M. Hare, J. C. Harsanyi and R.B. Brandt. 

Sidgwick and Contemporary Utilitarianism will be a must-read book for all professional philosophers as well as students concerned with Sidgwick's moral philosophy, utilitarian ethics, and the theoretical foundations of ethics in general. Its language is plain and reader-friendly, which enables philosophy beginners to understand the fundamental questions of ethics more easily and clearly than ever

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