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Practical Ethics : A Collection of Addresses and Essays - Henry Sidgwick

Practical Ethics

A Collection of Addresses and Essays

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Published: 1st September 1997
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A classic work in the field of practical and professional ethics, this collection of nine essays by English philosopher and educator Henry Sidgwick (1838-1900) was first published in 1898 and forms a vital complement to Sidgwick's major treatise on moral theory, The Methods of Ethics. Reissued here as Volume One in a new series sponsored by the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, the book is composed chiefly of addresses to members of two ethical societies that Sidgwick helped to found in Cambridge and London in the 1880s. Clear, taut, and lively, these essays demonstrate the compassion and calm reasonableness that Sidgwick brought to all his writings.
As Sidgwick explains in his opening essay, the societies he addressed aimed to allow academics, professionals, and others to pursue joint efforts at reaching "some results of value for practical guidance and life." Sidgwick hoped that members might discuss such questions as when, if ever, public officials might be justified in lying or in breaking promises, whether scientists could legitimately inflict suffering on animals for research purposes, when nations might have just cause in going to war, and a score of other issues of ethics in public and private life still debated a century later.
This valuable reissue returns Practical Ethics to its rightful place in Sidgwick's oeuvre. Noted ethicist Sissela Bok provides a superb Introduction, ranging over the course of Sidgwick's life and career and underscoring the relevance of Practical Ethics to contemporary debate. She writes: "Practical Ethics, the last book that Henry Sidgwick published before his death in 1900, contains the distillation of a lifetime of reflection on ethics and on what it would take for ethical debate to be 'really of use in the solution of practical questions.'" This rich, engaging work is essential reading for all concerned with the relationship between ethical theory and. practice, and with the questions that have driven the study of professional ethics in recent years.

"Sidgwick's Practical Ethics is a remarkable collection of engaging essays by a philosopher-economist who was deeply humane as well as fiercely rational. His ideas and critical scrutinies remain as relevant and useful today as they were when this book was first published a hundred years ago. An illuminating introduction by Sissela Bok--herself a leading contributor to practical ethics--adds to the attractions of this wonderful book."--Amartya Sen, Professor of Economics and Philosophy, Harvard University "It is good to see Henry Sidgwick's Practical Ethics available again. Here he writes not as moral theorist but as an engaged reformer, who understood how hard it is to improve institutions and to live well. Like Sidgwick we ask whether those in public office may lie and whether it is wrong to enjoy luxury when others are destitute; now we can enjoy his principled yet realistic discussions of these and other dilemmas."--Onora O'Neill, Principal, Newnham College, Cambridge "Sidgwick's Practical Ethics is a remarkable collection of engaging essays by a philosopher-economist who was deeply humane as well as fiercely rational. His ideas and critical scrutinies remain as relevant and useful today as they were when this book was first published a hundred years ago. An illuminating introduction by Sissela Bok--herself a leading contributor to practical ethics--adds to the attractions of this wonderful book."--Amartya Sen, Professor of Economics and Philosophy, Harvard University "It is good to see Henry Sidgwick's Practical Ethics available again. Here he writes not as moral theorist but as an engaged reformer, who understood how hard it is to improve institutions and to live well. Like Sidgwick we ask whether those in public office may lie and whether it is wrong to enjoy luxury when others are destitute; now we can enjoy his principled yet realistic discussions of these and other dilemmas."--Onora O'Neill, Principal, Newnham College, Cambridge

The Score and Limits of the Work of an Ethical Societyp. 3
The Aims and Methods of an Ethical Societyp. 15
Public Moralityp. 31
The Morality of Strifep. 47
The Ethics of Religious Conformityp. 63
Clerical Veracityp. 79
Luxuryp. 99
The Pursuit of Culturep. 113
Unreasonable Actionp. 129
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ISBN: 9780195112887
ISBN-10: 0195112881
Series: Practical and Professional Ethics Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 168
Published: 1st September 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.25 x 15.29  x 1.96
Weight (kg): 0.39