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Green, T. H.

  1. Maria Dimova-Cookson

Published Online: 1 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444367072.wbiee411

The International Encyclopedia of Ethics

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Dimova-Cookson, M. 2013. Green, T. H.. The International Encyclopedia of Ethics. .

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  1. Published Online: 1 FEB 2013


T. H. Green (1836–82) was a leading figure among the British idealists. His work was particularly influential in Oxford in the period between 1880 and 1914. His most significant legacy was in moral and political philosophy where he developed distinctive theories of moral agency, common good, political obligation, liberty, and rights (see Common Good; Liberty; Moral Agency; Rights). He was also an active member of the Liberal Party and campaigned, in a manner fully consistent with his moral and political philosophy, for legal protection of workers' and land tenants' rights, for extending education and the franchise, and for temperance reform. He is acclaimed for having succeeded in utilizing the resources of German idealism, typically associated with conservative politics, in the service of a left-wing Liberal Party program. Nowadays Green's ideas are used in various political theory projects including reconciling liberalism (see Liberalism) and communitarianism (Simhony 2003), justifying “recognition” theories of rights (Martin 2001; Darby 2009), and substantiating the feminist discourse on ethics of care (Decoste and Boyd 2009).


  • nineteenth century;
  • ethics;
  • politics;
  • duty and obligation;
  • equality;
  • freedom;
  • good;
  • justice;
  • liberalism;
  • liberty