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09/25/2015

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Tom Hurka

I agree entirely about Sidgwick. The Methods of Ethics is a work written in a recognizably analytic style decades before Russell and Moore, both of whom Sidgwick of course taught. And he was a metaphysical realist who opposed Idealism decades before Russell and Moore. Those who think logic, philosophy of language, and m & e are the "core" of philosophy have wanted to tell a story in which analytic philosophy originated in those parts of the discipline. But it didn't. It got going much earlier, in ethics.

Aaron Garrett

This is an excellent post and I strongly third your point about Sidgwick. There's also a great deal of continuity between Sidgwick and Butler, or at least Sidgwick thought so.

Anne Siegetsleitner

In a similar vein, I undertake a revision of the prevailing view on the role and conception of ethics and morality in the Vienna Circle in my habilitation thesis ("Ethik und Moral im Wiener Kreis. Zur Geschichte eines engagierten Humanismus", open access, e.g. on philpapers or at www.siegetsleitner.net) I reject this view as being too partial and undifferentiated and disprove the opinion that the members of the Vienna Circle were uninterested in ethics and morality. The monograph treats the ethical main topics and positions of the members of the Vienna Circle as those developed in the respective personal and cultural contexts. There is a lot to be rediscovered and reconsidered.

Schliesser, Eric

We agree, Anne. I hope your Habilitation gets wider uptake. In my post I was careful to speak of "disciples" and not the members of the Vienna Circle themselves. (I am familiar with Schlick's ethical writings and have blogged a bit about Carnap's moral's vision.)

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