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The Aporia of Critique and the Future of Moral Philosophy

Annika Thiem

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Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780823228980
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235865 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823228980.003.0006
The Aporia of Critique and the               Future of Moral Philosophy

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Responsibility emerges as a privileged site and moment for a reformulated moral philosophy. It would be problematic, however, to reduce moral-philosophical thinking to responsibility alone, because social structures, institutions, and political events also require one's responses and one's actions — and not necessarily only those mediated through one's relations — to concrete others. It is certainly possible — and important — to consider social and political structures, institutions, and practices through the grammar of responsibility. The traditional moral-philosophical problematic of justice circumscribes one genuine intersection between moral and political philosophy. As a theoretical reflection on the possibility of ethics, moral philosophy is not only a theory of moral conduct and a critical assessment of the conditions and principles of moral conduct. Moral philosophy cannot settle various questions in a realm of pure philosophical speculation.

Keywords: responsibility; moral philosophy; social structures; justice; ethics; moral conduct

Chapter.  15414 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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