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The Complete Works and Select Correspondence of Henry Sidgwick (2nd Edition)


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The Complete Works and Select Correspondence of Henry Sidgwick (Second Edition) contains the complete published works of Henry Sidgwick, including both the First and Seventh editions of The Methods of Ethics. The collection includes Henry Sidgwick: A Memoir by Arthur Sidgwick and Eleanor Mildred Sidgwick, which draws extensively from Sidgwick's correspondence and journal.

Also included is a substantial body of correspondence, much of it previously unpublished, supplied from various British collections. Bart Schultz, Lecturer at the University of Chicago, editor of Essays on Henry Sidgwick, (Cambridge University Press: 1992), and author of the forthcoming book, Eye of the Universe: Henry Sidgwick and the Quest for Certainty, is the electronic editor. This is the first time Sidgwick's complete corpus has been published.

The second edition of the collection makes available for the first time in its entirety the matched correspondence between Sidgwick and his very dear friend, Henry Graham Dakyns. This material, in a severely edited form, served as the basis for Henry Sidgwick, A Memoir, assembled by Sidgwick's widow and brother; and it has consequently been heavily relied upon by every serious Sidgwick scholar of the twentieth century.

Sidgwick, Henry. The Complete Works & Select Correspondence of Henry Sidgwick. Electronic editor Bart Schultz. 2nd ed. Charlottesville: InteLex Corporation.

The collection contains:

Sidgwick, Henry. The Methods of Ethics. 7th ed. London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., 1907.

Outlines of the History of Ethics. 5th ed. London: Macmillan & Co., 1902.

Sidgwick, Arthur, and Eleanor Mildred Sidgwick. Henry Sidgwick: A Memoir, by A. S. and E. M. S. London: Macmilland & Co., Limited; New York: The Macmillan Company, 1906.

Bibliographical and Textual Note


I. The Publications of Henry Sidgwick With a Bibliography

- Pamphlets and Books

- Essays, Reviews, Reports, and Letters to the Editor

II. A Selection of Correspondence, Personal Writings, and Unpublished Lectures With a List of Archival Sources

- Correspondence

Letters to and from H. G. Dakyns, edited and with an introduction by Andrew Dakyns and Belinda Robinson

Letters to James Bryce

Letters to H. S. Foxwell

Letters to Lord Lytton

Letters to Oscar Browning

Letters to John Addington Symonds

Letters to Wilfrid Ward

Miscellaneous Individual Letters

- Personal Writings


Autobiographical Fragment

Journal, edited and with an introductory note by Jean Marr Wilkins

- Unpublished Lectures

"Is Prayer a Permanent Function of Humanity?"

"Is Philosophy the Germ or the Crown of Science?"

"Theory of Almsgiving"

"Poor Law," with a note on "Misunderstanding"

"Necessity of War and Arbitration"


The Past Masters edition of The Methods of Ethics is a reproduction of the Seventh Edition.

The text of Outlines of the History of Ethics is based on the Fifth Edition of the Ethics published in 1902 by Macmillan.

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