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What Is Philosophical Ethics?

Figal GÜnter

in Difficulties of Ethical Life

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780823229734
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235186 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823229734.003.0003

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

What Is Philosophical Ethics?

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This chapter raises questions about the nature and value of philosophical ethics. It presents arguments about philosophy's original task, which is to address not just the possibilities but also the limitations of philosophical ethics. Focusing on the importance of freedom, speech, and time for human-life forms, it concludes that philosophical ethics is hermeneutical, that it is a feat of mediation and interpretation that is bound up with the demands of forms of life.

Keywords: philosophical ethics; philosophy; ethics; hermeneutics; freedom; speech; time

Chapter.  4348 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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