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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This chapter examines how Scheler worked to show that in addition to the presence of values and our contact to them through “feelings” there is also contact with the person. In Scheler's view, a person is not something separate from the acts, instead the person is in the acts because his main concern in the description of acts is generally to point out the differences between various acts. Furthermore, as we shall see for Scheler, the act is that which gives unity to events and the person is that which gives unity to acts. Moreover, Scheler needed to show how it is possible to develop an ethics using these values and the person because “ethics” gives us a basis for resolving conflicts of morality that we face every day.

Keywords: values; acts; person; ethics; morality

Chapter.  7037 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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