Paul Ricoeur's Moral Anthropology

Singularity, Responsibility, and Justice
Lexington Books (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 20. Dezember 2017
  • Buch
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  • Hardcover
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  • 268 Seiten
978-1-4985-4520-4 (ISBN)
Paul Ricoeur's Moral Anthropology is a guide for readers who are interested in Paul Ricoeur's thoughts on morals in general, bringing together the different aspects of what Geoffrey Dierckxsens understands as Ricoeur's moral anthropology. This anthropology addresses the question what it means to be human, capable of participating in moral life. Dierckxsens argues that Ricoeur shows that this participation implies being a self, living a singular lived existence with others and being responsible in institutions of justice. Through experiencing life one comes to learn taking moral decisions and the reasons for moral life.

The wager of Ricoeur's hermeneutical approach to moral anthropology is-so Dierckxsens argues-to understand moral life on the basis of the interpretation of lived existence, rather than on the basis of cultural or natural patterns only, like many contemporary moral theories in analytical philosophy. Ricoeur's moral anthropology is thus particularly timely in that it offers a critical argument against contemporary moral relativism and reductionism. By bringing together Ricoeur's moral anthropology, and recent moral theories this book offers a novel perspective on Ricoeur's already well-established moral theory.

Dierckxsens moreover offers a critical perspective by arguing that we should revisit certain moral concepts in Ricoeur's moral anthropology and in contemporary moral theories in analytical philosophy. He evaluates certain concepts in Ricoeur's work, such as the concept of universal moral norms and how it stands against cultural differences in morals. He moreover interrogates certain ideas of contemporary analytical philosophy, such as the idea of cultural moral relativism and whether we can find a common morality across the cultural differences. By placing Ricoeur's ideas on moral life within the context of the contemporary scene of moral theory, this book contributes well to Studies in the Thought of Paul Ricoeur.
  • Englisch
  • Lanham, MD
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  • USA
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  • Höhe: 235 mm
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  • Breite: 157 mm
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  • Dicke: 20 mm
  • 569 gr
978-1-4985-4520-4 (9781498545204)
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Geoffrey Dierckxsens obtained his Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Antwerp
Part One: Ipseity
Chapter 1: Language and Understanding the Concept of Responsibility
Chapter 2: Feelings and the Causes of Moral Nature
Chapter 3: Lived Existence and the Motives of Moral Life
Part Two: Alterity
Chapter 4: Moral Communities and Others
Chapter 5: Sense and the Metaphysical Relation with the Other
Chapter 6: Desire and Responsibility for the Other
Part Three: Evil and Narrativity
Chapter 7: Violence and the Ambiguity of Justice
Chapter 8: The Narrative and the Possibility of Moral Critique

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