Peter H. Spader

in Scheler's Ethical Personalism

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print May 2002 | ISBN: 9780823221776
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235629 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy


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A new beginning of ethics took shape in the early years of the 20th century as German Philosopher, Max Scheler, began to form a new “ethical personalism”. His work opened new insights in values which presented a fresh view seeing not just values alone but values arranged hierarchically in ranks. Furthermore, his work acts as a preference that gives ranks to values and opens our hearts to a new area, allowing us to grow morally. This book develops the systematic nature of Scheler's ethical personalism in order to show how his work can be completed. Scheler's attempt at a new beginning in ethics is considered as promising and exciting because he introduces what had been cast out by rationalism. Despite the exciting possibilities opened by Scheler's work there are relatively few philosophers today who lack an appreciation of his works. This book seeks to illuminate, develop, and defend Scheler's insights and understandings on the logical development of his search for a new ethical personalism.

Keywords: logical development; philosophical reasons; cognitive feelings; ethical personalism; ethics; values; reasoning; rationalism; Immanuel Kant

Chapter.  6918 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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