The Point of View of the Universe: Sidgwick and Contemporary Ethics

2014.07.07 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Katarzyna de Lazari-Radek and Peter Singer, The Point of View of the Universe: Sidgwick and Contemporary Ethics, Oxford
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2014.07.07 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Katarzyna de Lazari-Radek and Peter Singer, The Point of View of the Universe: Sidgwick and Contemporary Ethics, Oxford University Press, 2014, 403pp., $55.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199603695. Reviewed by Bart Schultz, University of Chicago This book might well represent the most significant statement and defense of act utilitarianism since the 19th century, when the classical utilitarianism of Bentham, Mill, and Sidgwick became the spirit of the age. Indeed, in many respects, it marks a crucial return to classical utilitarianism in its finest flowering. The authors, one a rising star and one the North Star of philosophical utilitarianism, are as clear as can be that progress in philosophical ethics involves a return to Sidgwick, the late Victorian-era Cambridge University academic and author of The Methods of Ethics (1874): we have followed the main lines of Sidgwick's thinking about ethics, and tested his views. . .

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