The Troubled Relationship between <i>Geist and Drang</i>

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

The Troubled Relationship between Geist and Drang

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This chapter shows how Scheler developed a new position with apparent internal flaws that showed why he would have adopted it and how the troubled relationship between geist and drang should be dealt with. In order to understand Scheler's new position we must first recognize that his initial writings are transitional in nature; they are his attempts to develop and present his new views to contrast them with his old views. Hence, this chapter provides the answer to the question of why his new position seemed so flawed. The reasons for his change makes philosophical sense whether one agrees or not. Also the apparent flaws that are rooted in the understandably imbalanced way he presented can be corrected. New possibilities of his works are also given to the completion of his ethics and unfinished tasks.

Keywords: flaw; geist; drang; writings; philosophical sense; ethics

Chapter.  8229 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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