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T. H. Green: Ethics, Metaphysics, and Political Philosophy$
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Maria Dimova-Cookson and William J. Mander

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199271665

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271665.001.0001

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Metaphysics and Ethics in the Philosophy of T. H. Green

Metaphysics and Ethics in the Philosophy of T. H. Green

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T. H. Green: Ethics, Metaphysics, and Political Philosophy
Andrew Vincent
Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the relationship between T. H. Green's metaphysics and ethics. It sketches a distinction between philosophical ethics and ethical practice. It explores two of Green's arguments which characterise that relationship (between ethics and metaphysics) in markedly different ways: the ‘grey on grey’ and ‘injunctive’ arguments. Both arguments can appear as necessary (if contradictory) aspects of Green's general system of philosophy. The discussion elucidates the metaphysical underpinnings to the ‘grey on grey’ thesis and its relation to Green's doctrine of the eternal consciousness. It then turns to the philosophical repercussions of holding firmly to the ‘injunctive’ moral argument. The final section of the chapter sketches an alternative way of articulating Green's ethics. It concludes on a sceptical note with regards to how Green himself viewed the issue.

Keywords:   ethics, metaphysics, eternal consciousness, moral philosophy, moral practice

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