Selfhood, Intersubjectivity, And The Normativity Of Moral Obligations.

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Contemporary analytic philosophers inspired by Kant's practical philosophy have recently attempted present a view of moral obligation that traces the normativity of morality back either to the agent's first-personal autonomy (Christine Korsgaard) or the agent's second-personal interaction with others (Stephen Darwall). In this dissertation, I draw these contributions into conversation with the phenomenological approaches of Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger, and Emmanuel Levinas. The ...
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Contemporary analytic philosophers inspired by Kant's practical philosophy have recently attempted present a view of moral obligation that traces the normativity of morality back either to the agent's first-personal autonomy (Christine Korsgaard) or the agent's second-personal interaction with others (Stephen Darwall). In this dissertation, I draw these contributions into conversation with the phenomenological approaches of Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger, and Emmanuel Levinas. The solution to the "analytic" problem of moral normativity, I contend, is a "Continental" account of selfhood and intersubjectivity found in phenomenology. The framework for my theory of moral obligation is a Heideggerian understanding of the self as "being-in-the-world," one that is attuned to Levinasian moments (the experience of obligation in alterity) through a rehabilitation of Heidegger's notion of intersubjectivity as being-with (Mitsein). The result is a two-part account of the normativity of morality: the ground of morality itself is second-personal---rooted in the ethical demand intrinsic to other persons---while the ground for particular moral-obligations is first-personal---rooted in the subject's avowal or endorsement of certain ethical norms within a concrete historical situation. Moral obligations, I argue, are those standards to which I hold myself in light of the moral demand for respect I find in the experience of others.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781243618610
  • Publisher: BiblioLabsII
  • Publication date: 9/4/2011
  • Pages: 44
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.09 (d)

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