Objectivity and Content in Ethics

John Finnis

in Reason in Action

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199580057
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729379 | DOI:
Objectivity and Content in Ethics

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The main part of this chapter, written in 1975, is a close study of key theses or themes in Wittgenstein's On Certainty, in conscious opposition to Kenny's standard reading of that work. It is argued that Wittgenstein is implicitly exploiting the ‘retorsive’ dialectic of self-referential performative inconsistency that is explored in the later chapters. Later parts of this chapter compare and contrast the understanding of value in, on the one hand, Lonergan and von Hildebrand and, on the other hand, Germain Grisez, whose strategy in moving from value to moral responsibility is also briefly outlined.

Keywords: Wittgenstein; Kenny; retorsive dialectic; self-referential performative inconsistency; Lonergan; von Hildebrand; Grisez

Chapter.  6784 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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