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

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

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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Page of the Congress on Academia:


décembre 22nd, 2009



I wish a Merry Christmas and a very
Successful, Happy and Healthy New Year 2010,
to every one who came to visit this blog and Henry Sidgwick’s website.

Thanks to the 20,000 visitors of 2009 
for their interest in this major philosopher of the 19th century.

I’ll do my best to improve the website
and keep posting news about Sidgwick on the blog.
Your comments and suggestions are most welcome.






Hortense Geninet


4th meeting of the 2nd International Congress: Henry Sidgwick, Ethics, Psychics, Politics. University of Catania (Italy)

décembre 15th, 2009

Intervenants to the Congress

The 4th meeting of the 2nd International Congress: Henry Sidgwick Ethics, Psychics, Politics was a great success, many students attended the convention as many Professors spoke, such as Rob Shaver, University of Manitoba (Winnipeg-Canada) spoke about the importance of the axiomes in Sidgwick’s Ethics and how those axioms are important in Sidgwick’s conception of morality of common sense.

Giuseppe Acocella, President of S. Pio V University (Rome-Italy) and vice-president of the CNEL, made a fascinating intervention which lasted about 45 minutes as the audience was captivated. It was also in italian, which made the speech more easelly understandable by the italian students.

Placido Bucolo, Associate Professor of Moral Philosophy (University of Catania-Italy) started the meeting by presenting my book: « POLITIQUES COMPAREES, Henry Sidwick et la politique moderne dans les Eléments Politiques », which is the 1st book ever published in french about Sidgwick and the 1st one, on a worldwide scale, published about his politics.

Bart Schultz paper’s was « Sidgwick, the Educator », he unfortunately could not be present and speak himself to the Congress but his paper was very interesting too.

Giuseppe Giarizzo former President of the Faculty of Litterature and Philosophy (University of Catania-Italy), made a very interesting intervention about Sidgwick’s desire of a qualified Democracy quoting many other thinkers and philosophers with whom Sidgwick was friend or that he knew as intellectuals or University Colleagues.

Giovanna Barba, PhD of Moral Philosophy, was a great help in the coordination of the interventions and as liknking each intervention to the other.

At the end of 2010, the proceedings of the Congress will be published on


3rd Meeting of the 2nd International Congress, University of Catania « Henry Sidgwick: Ethics, Psychics, Politics »

novembre 6th, 2009

Henry Sidgwick

I am glad to inform you that the 3rd meeting of the 2nd International Congress : « Henry Sidgwick: Ethics, Psychics and Politics », Congress to which I participated on May the 22nd, 2009, will take place on Friday, November 6th, 2009, at the University of Catania in the « Aula 31″.

The intervenant invited,Disuke Nakai, Ph.D M.A. B.A. History of economical thought, Japan Society for British Philosophy, Kinki University, Osaka, will speak about:

Prof. Bucolo, Associate Professor of Moral Philosophy, College of liberal arts, University of Catania, who organises the Congress will speak about:

You will find the details of the programm on my website:

The first Congress was about « Henry Sidgwick: Happiness and Religion », You will find the proceedings of this 1st Congress on my website at this Page: //

The proceedings of the second congress will be published on , end of 2010.