T.H. Green's Prolegomena to Ethics
This is a new edition of T.H. Green's long out-of-print Prolegomena to Ethics (1883) with a substantial editorial introduction by David Brink. The Prolegomena is an important landmark in British idealism and neglected classic in the history of ethics. It begins with Green's idealist attack on empiricist metaphysics and epistemology, develops a perfectionist ethical theory that aims to bring together the best elements in ancient and modern ethics, and provides the moral foundations for Green's distinctive brand of liberalism. Brink's extended introductory essay situates the Prolegomena in its intellectual context and the context of Green's philosophical views, sympathetically but critically engages its main themes, and explains Green's enduring legacy.