Eugene Kelly (NYIT), “Is Material Value-Ethics a Viable Platform for Normative Moral Philosophy?”

Time: Thursday, November 4th, 3:30 PM.

Location: 141 Park Hall, Department of Philosophy, University at Buffalo.

Abstract: My paper concerns the concept of material value-ethics, or what the translation of Scheler’s Formalism in Ethics calls ‘non-formal ethics of value’. The question is whether this concept can be given a univocal interpretation. It appears in the writings of such twentieth century German philosophers as Nicolai Hartmann, Max Scheler, Edmund Husserl, and Dietrich von Hildebrand, but it was not pursued as a unique ethical theory after the collapse of the Weimar Republic. I am trying to produce a synthesis of these men’s writings that can function as an achievement and as a platform for further work in moral philosophy. The overlapping of their thought gives us a more adequate picture of material value-ethics than the work of any of them singly.

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