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Scheler's New Ethics

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823221776.003.0006

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Scheler's New Ethics

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This chapter looks at how Scheler gave his new idea about ethics—on how we make moral choices and ways of resolving moral dilemmas. He talked about “the moral good” where good and evil must find a place among other values. Scheler informed us that ethics makes the value of persons and the acts of willingness dependent upon experience. He explained the core elements of the foundations for ethics and the uniqueness of a person's insight and response. He also discussed that ethics as a philosophical discipline can never deteriorate moral values. For Scheler, the person is a qualitative beings of nonformal value, not just of formal, rational logic. He made use of the model person hence we see that for Scheler the best practical directions that can be obtained is from qualitative types of people.

Keywords: moral; dilemma; evil; good; consequences; uniqueness; qualitative; rational logic

Chapter.  11091 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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