Springer Nature is making SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 research free. View research | View latest news | Sign up for updates

C. I. Lewis: Hedonistic ethics on a Kantian model

  • 29 Accesses

This is a preview of subscription content, log in to check access.

Notes

  1. 1

    An Analysis of Knowledge and Valuation (La Salle, Ill.: Open Court: 1946), Preface, p. viii.

  2. 2

    Ibid., p. 365.

  3. 3

    “... although any moral judgment will, in application, always presume some value-judgment or judgments as antecedent, no evaluation of an objective existent can ever be sufficient to resolve a question of right conduct.”Ibid., p. 530.

  4. 4

    Ibid., p. 483.

  5. 5

    Ibid., p. 510.

  6. 6

    Ibid., p. 504.

  7. 7

    Cf. p. 494.

  8. 8

    Ibid., p. 481.

  9. 9

    Ibid., p. 372.

  10. 10

    The term “pleasure,” according to Lewis, “suggests too exclusively such felt goodnesses as are unsubtle, incomplex and too exclusively associated with organic sensations” (p. 404).

  11. 11

    Ibid., p. 479.

  12. 12

    Ibid., p. 438.

  13. 13

    Ibid., p. 454.

  14. 14

    Ibid., p. 447.

  15. 15

    Ibid., p. 378.

  16. 16

    Ibid., p. 482. Cf. Preface, p. x.

  17. 17

    Ibid., p. 483.

  18. 18

    To do so would require an analysis of Lewis's perplexing notion of “explicative statement” as distinct from “dictionary definition” and “symbolic convention.” Cf. pp. 99ff.

  19. 19

    Cf. Lewis,op. cit., Book II.

  20. 20

    Ibid., p. 398.

  21. 21

    Ibid., 401.

  22. 22

    Ibid.

  23. 23

    Notice the discussion of “justice” in Lewis,op. cit., p. 482. In an earlier article Lewis “explicates” the concept of “liberty” in such a way as to arrive at rather specific rules such as that which prescribes that any individual has the right to secede from a group or community whose laws he disapproves. Cf.La Revue Internationale de Philosophie, Vol. II (1946).

  24. 24

    An Analysis of Knowledge and Valuation, Preface, p. vii.

Download references

Author information

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Mothersill, M. C. I. Lewis: Hedonistic ethics on a Kantian model. Philos Stud 5, 81–88 (1954). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02223696

Download citation

Keywords

  • Kantian Model