Publication POLITIQUES COMPAREES, Henry Sidgwick et la politique moderne dans les Eléments Politiques

octobre 17th, 2009

POLITIQUES COMPAREES, Henry sidgwick et la politique moderne dans les Eléments Politiques

Je viens de publier un ouvrage préfacé par M. le Prof. René DAVAl, intitulé: « POLITIQUES COMPAREES, Henry Sidgwick et la politique moderne dans les Eléments Politiques », en vente à la librairie Vrin, Place de la Sorbonne, Paris Vè. Le livre sera prochainement en vente sur amazon.fr.

Préface de M. Daval, professeur de Philosophie à l’Université de Reims:
Le lecteur va découvrir un livre qui a de nombreux mérites. Mlle Hortense Geninet a effectué une belle traduction en français d’un grand ouvrage de Sidgwick qui était resté inédit dans notre langue, et qui est d’un très grand intérêt. Mlle Geninet a pris soin de donner une bonne présentation de l’œuvre de ce philosophe si important et beaucoup trop mal connu en France. La traduction est précise et fidèle, et nous pouvons ainsi découvrir un livre qui est aussi important que les Methods of Ethics et qui nous permet d’aborder une partie très importante de l’œuvre du philosophe anglais : sa théorie politique.La traduction n’est pas le seul mérite de l’ouvrage. Mlle Geninet commente le texte, le resitue dans son contexte historique et replace la politique de Sidgwick dans l’ensemble de son œuvre, et elle effectue ces tâches avec compétence, clarté et rigueur. Voici donc un livre qui va contribuer à approfondir notre connaissance de l’utilitarisme, restée trop centrée sur les textes des seuls Bentham et Mill. Mlle Geninet nous permet d’approfondir notre connaissance de l’œuvre de Sidgwick et nous donne envie de poursuivre l’étude d’un auteur aussi riche que moderne et dont John Rawls avait compris l’importance il y a déjà de nombreuses années.
Il me semble que toute personne intéressée par l’éthique contemporaine prendra un vif plaisir à la lecture de ce beau travail.

Vous pouvez vous procurez ce livre en me contactant par email à l’adresse: contact@henrysidgwick.com ou à la Librairie Vrin, Place de le Sorbonne, Paris Vè.

Publication on Henry Sidgwick’s website

septembre 12th, 2009

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The papers of the first international congress, organised by the University of Catania : Henry Sidgwick : Happiness and Religion are now available at the address : http://www.henrysidgwick.com/1st.int.congress.cat.eng.html .
There are interesting papers written by Placido Bucolo from the University of Catania, Bart Schults from Chicago University (USA), Roger Crisp from St. Anne’s College Oxford, Alan Ryan from Oxford University, Carmelo Vigna from Ca’Foscari University (Venice), John Skorupski from St. Andrews University (U.K.), Mariko Nakano-Okuno from Ohio State University (USA). As soon as possible the Debate and the Appendix will be published. The italian version of these papers will be published as soon as possible.

Philip Schofield, Director of the Bentham project, Associate Editor, Utilitas, said about this first congress that:
 

« Students of Utilitarianism will be grateful to the University of Catania (…) who made possible this important collection of new essays on Sidgwick’s religious thought. The variety of nationalities and traditions from which the contributors are drawn is itself striking testimony to the continuing, and indeed increasing, relevance of Sidgwick’s philosophy to a global audience. » 

In the Victorian period (during the reign of Queen Victoria, from 1837 untill 1901) Religion is a important issue. Henry Sidgwick himself resigned his fellowship at Trinity College Cambridge because his religious doubts were too strong to let him agree to the 39 articles of the Church of England.
Knowing this fact, it becomes very usefull and interesting to consult and read these papers written by eminent scholars from our time.
It seems that Sidgwick’s time was a period of transition as well as our is. In fact, as the intellectuals of the late 19th century were having doubts about their way of life we do have today similar doubts, concerning this set of notions which seem imposible to considered apart from each other such as religion, ethics, happiness and morality. In fact there are many subjects nowadays which concern our life in a very modern and technological society. This materialistic life we are living give us doubts concerning our relationship to religion, to happiness as we are living a transition as well as Sidgwick and every one who lived in the same period. In Sidgwick’s time the British Upire starts to collaps and the old institutions are falling appart. It seems that we are living the same same kind of economical, social and ethical transition, as we are living a new chapter of industrial history in which utilitarianism had and still have a strong influence.

In the introduction of the volume it is said that :

« Bucolo sees Sidgwick as a theist, who sought in religion the ultimate moral “sanction”, and demonstrates the links between Sidgwick’s Anglo-Saxon Utilitarianism and pragmatic attitude to ethics with Italian Idealism and Spiritualism. Acocella considers whether the notion of divine justice can be made consistent with Sidgwick’s conception of ethical experience, considering some broader issues of the relationship between theism and morality. Sidgwick, of course, was deeply concerned with the effects of any particular morality, and Vigna wonders whether this leads to too dispersed a conception of goodness, while Mangion is more positively inclined towards Sidgwick, asking whether his open-minded attitude towards theism might not serve humanity better in the twenty-first century than fundamentalist theism on the one hand or secular materialism on the other. That open- mindedness, and its relation to the empiricist world view and methodology more generally, is brought out in Gauld’s piece.  »
All the introduction is available here:
http://www.henrysidgwick.com/introduction.1st.congress.cat.eng.html

There always have been religious doubts but it seems that for Sidgwick they were amplified by the new horizons opened by scientific analysis, which was potentially capable of explaining so many things that unexplainable before. Many intelectuals sow in science a new way to solve those eternal religious doubts that we all have (consciously or not) deep inside of us. After many years of analysis and research, Sidgwick considered himself as a theist who belived that there is something above us, something unexplainable that dominates the world. In Sidgwick’s theism we can see the wiseness and the humbleness of a man who tried to understand the mysteries of the world, trying, as Descartes said, « to master nature » . But facing evidence, Sidgwick probably ended up by considering his unsolved doubts as being a proof of the existence of something above our understanding. These permanent doubts become a religious or a theistic sentiment when we accept that we can’t understand everything.

Hortense GENINET

I had the great honnor to participate to the Second International Congress : Henry Sidgwick: Ethics, Psychics, Politics at the end of May 2009. My paper was entitled: « Sidgwick and Richet ». This text is about the relationship between psychical research in France and England, and their respective leaders: Sidgwick in UK and Richet in France. An article in « La Sicilia » is available in english here :
http://2nd-international-congress-catania.henrysidgwick.com.henrysidgwick.com/program2.html 
I am very thankfull to Bart Schultz and Placido Bucolo who gave me this wonderfull opportunity to participate to the 2nd International Congress organised by Placido Bucolo Associate Professor at the University of Catania.

 

2ème Congrès International de Catane sur Henry Sidgwick

mars 25th, 2009

La pensée philosophique d’Henry Sidgwick  est très intéressante pour nous, peuple du 21ème siècle. Il peut paraître étrange qu’un philosophe de la fin du 19ème siècle ait été un tel Visionnaire et qu’il ait pu anticiper de nombreuses conséquences ainsi que des évenements politiques et éthiques dont nous avons été témoins au cours de ce siècle et du précédent. Aussi, son activité intense dans la recherche psychique a eu une grande influence sur la nouvelle psychologie expérimentale initiée à la fin du 19ème siècle. 
Des chercheurs et enseignants, actifs et compétents, qui étudient Henry Sidgwick, font un travail formidable pour contribuer à la reconnaissance méritée de ce philosophe britannique ainsi qu’à la reconnaissance de sa pensée et de ses théories.
Afin de partager les recherches et d’échanger pensées et opinions différentes sur Henry Sidgwick, Placido Bucolo, Professeur de philosophie morale à l’Université de Catane-Italie, Roger Crisp, Uhiro Fellow et Tuteur de Philosophie au St. Anne’s College d’Oxford, Royaume-Uni, et Bart Schultz, Maître de Conférences et Directeur du Civic Knowledge Project, Division of the l’Hummanities, Université de Chicago-USA, ont organisé un congrès international, en 2007, sur la pensée d’Henry Sidgwick concernant le bonheur et la religion. 
La coopération espérée par les participants du précédent congrès se réalise, puisque le 2ème congrès international de l’Université de Catane sur Henry Sidgwick de 2009-2010, débutera le 7 Avril 2009, ce sera la première étape de ce congrès.

J’espère que certains ou peut-être beaucoup d’entre vous qui ont la gentillesse de visiter ce blog et le site internet d’Henry Sidgwick seront tentés par cet échange et souhaiteront peur-être participer. Ce 2ème Congrès portera sur l’éthique, la psychique et la pensée politique d’Henry Sidgwick. 
Je vais essayer de vous tenir informé de l’évolution de ce second Congrès International.

Ce congrès sera présidé par Placido Bucolo. 
Le site internet du congrès est accessible à cette adresse:  http://2nd-international-congress-catania.henrysidgwick.com.henrysidgwick.com/

Fin 2010, un Volume réunissant toutes les interventions des participants au congrès sera publié. Comme pour le premier congrès de 2007, Henry Hidgwick Bonheur et Religion, cet ouvrage sera édité par Placido Bucolo, Roger Crisp et Bart Schultz.

Hortense Geninet contact@henrysidgwick.com

http://www.henrysidgwick.com/

Catania’s 2nd International Congress about Henry Sidgwick

mars 25th, 2009

I’ve never wrote anything in this blog, although I’m its creator and administrator. Then if I am writting, it must be for something extroardinary… I appologize to every one who come here and don’t find anyting interesting. Well, I have something very interesting to talk about.
As there are not many advertisment about Henry Sidgwick, which is a pity, because he did a lot, I should feel ashamed of not managing this blog at all.
Anyway, enough of this. 

Henry Sidgwick’s philosophical thought in utilitarianism is very intersting for us, people of the 21st century. It can seem strange that a philosopher of the end of 19th century was such a visionaire that he could anticipate many political as well as ethical turns that we witnessed in the past and present century. Also, his intense activity in psychical research had a great influence on the new experimental psychology initiated in the end of the 19th century.

Very competent and active scholars, who study Henry Sidgwick, do an amazing work to get this great british philosopher as well-knwown as he deserves adn as his very usefull thought and theories should be.
In order to exchange research and thoughts, Placido Bucolo, Associate Professor of Moral philosophy at the University of Catania-Italy, Roger Crisp, Uhiro Fellow and Tutor of Philosophy at St. Anne’s College Oxford-UK, and  Bart Schultz, Senior Lecturer and Director of the Civic Knowledge Project, Dvision of the Humanities, University of Chicago-USA, organized an international congress, in 2007, about Henry Sidgwick’s thought concerning Happiness and Religion.

The cooperation hoped by the contributors of this congress continues as the Catania 2nd International Congress about Henry Sidgwick, will take place in Catania and the first meeting will be on April 7th, 2009, in a few weeks. I personnaly hope that some or maybe many of you who have the kindness to visit this blog and Henry Sidgwick’s website will be tempted by this exchange and willing to participate. This 2nd Congress will be about Henry Sidgwick’s ethical, psychical and political thought. 
I will try, from now on, to be faithfull to this blog and keep you informed of the evolution of this second International Congress.

This congress will be chaired by Placido Bucolo.
The website of the Congress is accessible at this address: http://2nd-international-congress-catania.henrysidgwick.com.henrysidgwick.com/

At the end of 2010, all the proceedings of the congress will be published. This volume, as the previous one for the first congress of 2007, Henry Sidgwick Happiness and Religion, will be edited by Placido Bucolo, Roger Crisp and Bart Schultz.

Hortense Geninet contact@henrysidgwick.com

http://www.henrysidgwick.com/

Bienvenue/Welcome

mars 30th, 2008

Ce blog est concerne le site: http://www.henrysidgwick.com/ et tous ceux qui sont intéressés à échanger des informations et discuter au sujet ce brillant philosophe utilitariste que fut Henry Sidgwick.

Soyez les bienvenus.

This blog concerns the website: http://www.henrysidgwick.com/ and every one interested in exchanging informations and discussing about the great utilitarian philosopher, Henry Sidgwick.

Welcome,

Hortense Geninet contact@henrysidgwick.com