Korridorizität - 10.1628/zthk-2020-0017 - Mohr Siebeck

Mathias Wirth


Über eine Metapher und Denkform in der theologischen Ethik

Volume 117 () / Issue 3, pp. 347-375 (29)
Published 14.09.2020

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The use of the word 'contraction' for an ethical work is linked to the potential of withdrawal. This study intends to explore what kind of novel theological and, especially, ethical emphasis would be possible in terms of contraction. At the same time, the abstract model of contraction will be scrutinized through the corridor metaphor, which contains significant contractional moments but also reveals the ambivalence of contractive acts. In other words, corridor-considerations help to describe the space that emerges after contractions, where open spaces such as corridors or esplanades occur. The social and ethical considerations which accompany the architecture of corridors are intended to illuminate some major ethical implications of contractions that will help to shape as a new mode of thought in ethics. The shift to prioritize specific actions of contractions over actions of intervention represents how the transformation of Christian ethics can be reconceptualised. The coexisting tendency to invade space (Raumnahme) and to give space (Raumgabe) also exists in Christianity. But there is reason to reshape the ethical mode of thought in light of the giving of space. In tune with findings from the Hebrew tradition and the Jesus movement, actions of contractions for the sake of the other ground Christian ethics.

Mathias Wirth Geboren 1984; Studium der Ev. Theologie und der Kath. Theologie sowie der Philosophie; 2012–2017 wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Institut für Geschichte und Ethik der Medizin des Universitätsklinikums Hamburg-Eppendorf; 2014 Promotion. 2017–2018 Feodor Lynen Postdoc an der Yale Divinity School. Seit 2018 Assistenzprofessor (mit tenure track) für Systematische Theologie/Ethik an der Theologischen Fakultät der Universität Bern.