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This paper is an attempt to explain and criticize Sidgwick’s views on the nature of ethics and normativity. It begins by comparing his distinction between juridical and teleological conceptions of ethics, before moving on to Sidgwick’s conception of the practicality of ethics. The methodological issues behind Sidgwick’s decision to restrict his argument to just three methods are examined, before a discussion of Sidgwick’s position on the autonomy of ethics, the notion of ‘ought’, and moral motivation.


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