By William R. O'Neill
During this booklet, William O'Neill, SJ, deals an interpretation of the character and scope of useful reasoning in gentle of postmodern philosophical feedback. He charts a through media among the summary formalism of neo-Kantian morality and relativist interpretations of neo-Aristotelian ethics. the 3 elements of the publication deal with the eclipse of the classical Aristotelian belief of useful cause; the Kantian historical past within the glossy ethical theories of John Rawls and R.M. Hare; and, the hermeneutical retrieval of an ethical interpretation of the area. Drawing upon the philosophical hermeneutics of Hans-Georg Gadamer, glossy analytical philosophy, and the discourse ethics of Jurgen Habermas, O'Neill bargains a serious reconstruction of functional cause which upholds the primacy of ethical neighborhood whereas spotting the moral import of old and cultural distinction. the ultimate bankruptcy applies the previous hermeneutical critique to the query of the uniqueness of Christian ethics within the writings of Karl Barth, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Josef Fuchs, and Bruno Schuller. This unique contribution might be of specific curiosity to scholars and lecturers of ethical philosophy and theology.
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Yet if the conception of happiness bears no definite reference, no "objectively necessary" action can be prescribed in the apodosis of the imperative. "35 Yet the cognitive content of my own ''greatest well-being," the constituents of which are "without exception empirical," is so obscure that Kant concludes: If it were only as easy to find a determinate concept of happiness [as the merely possible purposes of problematic imperatives], the imperatives of prudence would agree entirely with those of skill and would be equally analytic.
Stuart Hampshire, "Public and Private Morality," in Public and Private Morality, ed. Stuart Hampshire (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1978), 28 (emphasis added). 48. Aristotle Nicomachean Ethics 1144b20. 49. See the discussion in Bernard Williams, Moral Luck: Philosophical Papers, 19731980 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1981), 4053. 50. Aristotle Nicomachean Ethics 1039a30. 51. Bernard Williams, Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy, 51. 52. Aristotle Nicomachean Ethics 1129b61130b8.
John Samples and Patricia Rayner of Georgetown University Press for their diligent labors in preparing the final manuscript for publication. " 1 G. W. F. "2 Yet the epiphany is elusive, the illumination tardy. "3 So our moral speech poses itself as a question, a fall from logos when all senses serve, yet none is true. Beckett's tragicomedy is, one might say, a fable of modern morality, where the emissaries of reason are spare and cryptic, like Godot's. Chary in prescribing for her practical office, reason offers her dramatis personae the form of consistency divested of content.