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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Scheler directly challenged the idea that feelings must be subordinate to reason because he believed that we have access to “objective” values and their hierarchy. In order to see how Scheler layed foundations for answering this challenge, we must first realize that the word “feeling” is not a single phenomenon. He even pointed out that feelings act only as a go-between relation to objects and that we have to investigate ways of finding a connection or cause. Furthermore, Scheler pointed out that one of the great challenges to any “objective” ethics is the apparent relativity of moral judgment. He even talked about the roles of Love and Hate, as well as how resentment plays an important role in determining basic perception of values and their hierarchy.

Keywords: love; hate; resentment; hierarchy; feeling

Chapter.  8217 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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