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The Point of View of the Universe

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The Point of View of the Universe: Sidgwick and Contemporary Ethics

by Katarzyna de Lazari-Radek and Peter Singer

In The Methods of Ethics, the great nineteenth-century utilitarian Henry Sidgwick held that it is a self-evident moral truth that the good of one individual is of no more importance, ‘from the point of view of the universe’ than the good of any other. This and other ethical judgments are, in his view, objective truths that provide a rational foundation for utilitarianism  ... Read more


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July 21, 2014

Towards a History of Economic Growth in Africa

Morten Jerven on his book, Economic Growth and Measurement Reconsidered in Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia - now available on OSO.

July 14, 2014

Donor Behaviour and the Future of Humanitarian Action

Global refugee numbers have risen dramatically - what is the future for humanitarian action in this dire scenario? Anne Hammerstad writes on this, and her book The Rise and Decline of a Global Security Actor.

July 10, 2014

John Calvin’s Prophetic Calling and the Memory

Dr. Jon Balserak on John Calvin and his self-conception, and his book John Calvin as Sixteenth-Century Prophet