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Self-Conceptions and Evolution


Wallimann-Helmer, Ivo (2009). Self-Conceptions and Evolution. Conceptus, (94):121-134.

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This paper provides a critical comment on Philip Kitcher’s as yet unpublished book “The Ethical Project”. In the first part it explains why Kitcher’s position is naturalist as well as pragmatist. In the second part it is argued that the role ethics plays in human history is richer than Kitcher conceives it: Building on his view, this paper suggests that ethics not only provides a mechanism to diminish the risk of social conflict and social instability, but it also enables the emergence of self-conceptions. This reveals according to what processes certain particular changes occurred in the evolution of ethics.

This paper provides a critical comment on Philip Kitcher’s as yet unpublished book “The Ethical Project”. In the first part it explains why Kitcher’s position is naturalist as well as pragmatist. In the second part it is argued that the role ethics plays in human history is richer than Kitcher conceives it: Building on his view, this paper suggests that ethics not only provides a mechanism to diminish the risk of social conflict and social instability, but it also enables the emergence of self-conceptions. This reveals according to what processes certain particular changes occurred in the evolution of ethics.

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Other titles:A Critical Comment on Philip Kitcher’s “The Ethical Project”
Item Type:Journal Article, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:01 Faculty of Theology > Center for Ethics
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
170 Ethics
Language:English
Date:2009
Deposited On:25 Feb 2011 10:29
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:48
Publisher:Academia Verlag GmbH
ISSN:0010-5155
Official URL:http://www.conceptus.at/issues.shtml
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-46303

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