Sidgwick and Contemporary Utilitarianism
by Mariko Nakano-Okuno
This is one of the rare academic studies on what John Rawls, Peter Singer and Derek Parfit acknowledge as the finest book in ethics The Methods of Ethics written by Henry Sidgwick. With a rather shocking conclusion that ‘none of us can match Sidgwick’, Mariko Nakano-Okuno elaborately and lucidly analyzes Henry Sidgwick’s impacts on contemporary ethics, including critical reassessment of the utilitarian philosophy of R. M. Hare, J. C. Harsanyi and R.B. Brandt.
Sidgwick and Contemporary Utilitarianism will be a must-read book for all professional philosophers as well as students concerned with Sidgwick’s moral philosophy, utilitarian ethics, and the theoretical foundations of ethics in general. Its language is plain and reader-friendly, which enables philosophy beginners to understand the fundamental questions of ethics more easily and clearly than ever.