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Difficulties of Ethical Life$
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Shannon Sullivan and Dennis J. Schmidt

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780823229734

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823229734.001.0001

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What Is Philosophical Ethics?

What Is Philosophical Ethics?

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(p.25) 2 What Is Philosophical Ethics?
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Difficulties of Ethical Life
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Figal GÜnter

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823229734.003.0003

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

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