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Summary of the 5th meeting of the 2nd International Congress « Henry Sidgwick: Ethics, Psychics, Politics » March 18th 2010

Vendredi, mars 26th, 2010

Introduction to the Congress

The 5th meeting of the 2nd International Congress: Henry Sidgwick Ethics, Psychics, Politics was a quiet interesting and brought many students as the subjects studied concerned 2nd year students as well as Master students and Docrorate searchers. Two professors from United Kingdom made noticeable interventions as they spoke about classical and important matters of utilitarian philosophy: the philosophical analysis of Sidgwick’s thought about Incoherence and Discord and the intellectual relationship that Sidgwick (1838-1900) had with Bentham (1748-1832) and their different point of view regarding how they considered their philosophical thought and their faithfullness to utilitarianism at two diferents periods, as Bentham is a philosopher from the end of the 18th and begining of the 19th century and Sidgwick a philosopher of the end of the 19th century, whose philosophy d’avant garde, is quiet modern in its universal structure.

In fact, the first intervention by Roger Crisp Fellow and Tutor in Philsophy, St Anne’s College, Director of the Departement of Philosophy, University of Oxford consisted in some reflexions about Incoherence and Discord in Sidgwick’s philosophical thought and written work.

The second intervention by Philip Schofield, Professor of History of Legal and Political thought, University College London, Director of the Bentham Project. Associate Editor of Utilitas, was about the two aspects of Utilitarianism which can be found in both works of Sidgwick and Bentham.

 The videos of the interventions are coming soon 

Giovanna Barba and myself (Hortense Geninet) participated actively to the organisation and the coordination of Congress.
At the end of 2010, the proceedings of the Congress will be published on //

Watch the videos of the Congress on Dailymotion: //
Or on the website of the Congress:

E-nous (European Network Of Utilitarian Scholars):
France: //
Spain: //
Spain: //
United Kingdom: //
University College London Blog « Human Wellbeing Ideas » : //

Riassunto del quinto incontro del Congresso:
Résumé de la 5è rencontre du Congrès:

Hortense GENINET

5th meeting of the 2nd world Congress: Henry Sidgwick Ethics, Psychics, Politics

Samedi, mars 6th, 2010


The 5th meeting will take place on March 18th, at the University of Catania, Ex Monastero dei Beneditti, in the Corro di Notte, ancient church where the monks used to sing the night prayers.

The intervenants will be:

Roger Crisp, Fellow and Tutor in Philsophy, St Anne’s College, University of Oxford, who will talk about « SIDGWICK, ON INCOHERENCE AND DISCORD: reflexios »


Philip Schofield, Professor of History of Legal and Political Thought, University College London, Director dof the Bentham Project and associate editor of Utilitas, who will talk about « SIDGWICK ON BENTHAM: the double aspect of utilitarianism »

The meeting will start at 4:00 pm with the greetings of variour leaders of Catania University:

Antonio Recca, Chancellor of the University of Catania, Enrico Iachello, President of the College of liberal arts, Maria Barbanti
Director of the Culture, Human and Territorial Science Department, Francesco Coniglione, Director of the Development Process Department, Biagio Saitta, Director of the Human Science Department.

Then at 4:30 pm, the Introduction to the Congress by Francesco Coniglione and the lectures of the two foreign intervenatns, followed by a debate about the interventions.

This Congress is a public event open to every one interested in moral philsophy and utilitarianism.

Website for the Congress:

Sidgwick on twitter: //
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