Shaping a Modern Ethics

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Release date: 2020-02-06

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Is there any such thing as a single ethical system to which all human beings could conceivably subscribe? The short answer is no; and most people, being tolerant, would probably agree with this answer. Yet most people, precisely in being tolerant, also subscribe to an idea of human rights which presupposes just such a universal ethics. This basic question of ethics is similarly treacherous when approached on a higher technical level. Specialists have long recognized that Kant's categorical imperative is neither theoretically nor practically tenable. But efforts to revive and repair the Kantian project-including especially the monumental work of J rgen Habermas-have all themselves been theoretically questionable, while developing a complexity that makes them impractical. Must we then simply do without ethics in the sense of a universal ethical method? By way of a close study of literary and philosophical texts, from Freud to Machiavelli, Benjamin Bennett shows why the failure of a universal or propositional ethics is indeed unavoidable. He uncovers a modern non-propositional ethics that cannot be grasped in a single theoretical move but can only be approached as a collection of instances of a modern ethical we , three key examples of which Bennett explores in this book: - The we of irony, whose speakers share a strictly preter-verbal knowledge which is concealed in their actual utterances - The insistent exclusive we of a group that has neither its own physical locality nor even a clear intellectual identity, comparable to the we of Jews in the diaspora - The we of feminism, a separate we from that embracing people who happen to have been born women.

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Genre: Ethics & moral philosophy

Collection: Bloomsbury Academic

Type: EPub

Pages: 216

ISBN: 9781350122871

Additional Information

Genre: Ethics & moral philosophy

Collection: Bloomsbury Academic

Type: EPub

Pages: 216

ISBN: 9781350122871

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