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Self-conceptions and evolution: a critical comment on Philip Kitcher’s The Ethical Project


Wallimann-Helmer, Ivo (2009). Self-conceptions and evolution: a critical comment on Philip Kitcher’s The Ethical Project. Conceptus Zeitschrift für Philosophie, 38(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This paper provides a critical comment on Philip Kitcher’s as yet unpublished book The Ethical Project.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.

Abstract

This paper provides a critical comment on Philip Kitcher’s as yet unpublished book The Ethical Project.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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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:National licences > 142-005
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
Language:English
Date:1 January 2009
Deposited On:06 Nov 2018 17:39
Last Modified:31 Jul 2020 02:19
Publisher:De Gruyter
ISSN:2196-9523
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1515/cpt-2009-9410
Related URLs:https://www.swissbib.ch/Search/Results?lookfor=nationallicencegruyter101515cpt20099410 (Library Catalogue)

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