Defending the Central Role of the Person in Scheler’s 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:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Defending the Central Role of the Person in Scheler’s Ethics

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This chapter looks at how Scheler placed the person at the center of ethics. For him the person is the highest of values and the heart of the person which conveys feelings is at the center of what we are and do. Here, Scheler developed a most creative position on the classical problem of intersubjectivity and the chapter undertakes a defense of Scheler’s phenomenological intersubjectivity. Scheler even spoke on the different ranks of values and how they are qualitatively different. He also began to lay the foundations for the possibility that both humans and God play an essential part on the beginning of a change of heart. Moreover, Scheler’s insights pointed out the importance of other persons and this approach into the nature of the person are central to all he accomplished.

Keywords: person; heart; intersubjectivity; humans; God; change of heart

Chapter.  11477 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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