Examining the theoretical and empirical status of applied ethics, this volume demonstrates how a pluralistic and democratic society can deal with ethical issues in the light of its moral conscience. The volume first sets the stage for a conception of applied ethics as applications of transnational civil ethics, based both on a discourse theory of knowledge (Apel, Habermas), and on an activities and capabilities approach (Aristotle, Sen). It then examines how applied ethics relates to important theoretical discussions in philosophy such as constructivism, virtue ethics, hermeneutic and deliberative theory. The contributors discuss applied ethics in light of globalization and identify recurring dilemmas as well as the problem of universal norms. They close by considering two aspects of the institutional point of view - republicanism, and contractarianism and constitutional economics.
About the Author
Adela Cortina, Department of Philosophy, University of Valencia, Spain, Domingo García-Marzá, University of Castellón, Spain and Jesús Conill, Professor for Ethics and Political Philosophy, University of Valencia, Spain.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction; Part 1 The Public Task of Applied Ethics: The public task of applied ethics: transnational civil ethics, Adela Cortina. Part 2 The Status of Applied Ethics: Self-enlightenment of applied ethics, Kurt Bayertz; Does applied ethics rest on a mistake?, Alasdair MacIntyre; Applied ethics and moral knowledge, Augusto Hortal; The hermeneutical and deliberative nature of applied ethics, Jesús Conill. Part 3 Applied Ethics in the Light of Globalisation: 3 dilemmas of applied ethics, Matthias Kettner; Responsibility for praxis: discourse ethics as applied ethics, Domingo García-Marzá; Globalisation and the need for universal ethics, Karl-Otto Apel. Part 4 Public Reason and Applied Ethics: Political Views: The domination complaint, Philip Pettit; Public reason and order ethics: a critical assessment, Christoph Luetge; Index.