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Sacrifice Regained: Morality and Self-interest in British Moral Philosophy from Hobbes to Bentham

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2020.06.16 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Roger Crisp, Sacrifice Regained: Morality and Self-interest in British Moral Philosophy from Hobbes to Bentham, Oxford University Press, 2019, 233pp., $70.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198840473. Reviewed by Robert Shaver, University of Manitoba Roger Crisp's excellent book concerns the relation between morality and self-interest in the British Moralists -- there are chapters on Hobbes, More, Cumberland, Locke, Mandeville, Shaftesbury, Butler, Hutcheson, (Samuel) Clarke, Reid, Hume, Smith, Price, and Gay/Tucker/ Paley/Bentham. Each chapter begins with a critical account of the moral theory of the moralist, followed by a critical discussion of the moralist's view of the relation between morality and self-interest. Some are rational egoists; some give no normative role to self-interest; many are dualists, holding that both self-interest and morality give reasons. Of the dualists, some think that in cases of conflict, morality wins; some think self-interest holds a veto; others think that morality and self-interest each win in different cases. Before Hume, everyone... Read More

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