Developments in Idealist Ethics
Although not destined to produce any new systems of equivalent stature to those of Green, Bradley, or Caird, idealist ethics did not simply cease at the turn of the century. Later idealist thinking on ethical matters is marked by a number of fundamental disagreements and divergences, as the apparent consensus of the latter years of the century began to come apart. This chapter examines debates internal to the Idealist school, such as that between the individualism of McTaggart and the holism of Bosanquet, as well as the way in which Idealism responded to outside theories, such as evolutionary ethics, Nietzsche, Moore, and Intuitionism. The chapter concludes with a consideration of two late systems of Idealist ethics, those of Paton and Joseph, which emerged at a point when idealism is often but erroneously considered a spent force.
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