Monday, December 06, 2004

Moral Sciences Tripos

I decided last night that I would, in addition to Shepherd and Malebranche sections, add Whewell and Astell sections to H.L. So up went the first Whewell page. In it Whewell discusses the place of Moral Philosophy at the University of Cambridge in his time, and gives the 'Moral Sciences Tripos', i.e., the reading list for University Examinations in Moral Philosophy. It's an interesting document for people curious about nineteenth century British education, but more importantly it's an important document for those interested in the history of ethics, since it gives some of the flavor of the major ethical dispute of nineteenth century Britain (over utilitarianism) and the role a university like Cambridge played in that argument.

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