Arnulf von Scheliha
Migration in ethisch-religiöser Reflexion Theologiegeschichtliche und ethische Erwägungen zu einem aktuellen Thema
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Immanuel Kant posited the human right to cosmopolitanism and hospitality as a deonotological courtesy while Friedrich Schleiermacher reinforced it theologically. Migration is justified in history itself as an allochthonous drive that overcomes geographical and national borders through cultural exchange. The inherent ideal of humanity in world religions constitutes the ethical basis and provides direction for state activity. Against this background the current influx of refugees is nothing new, but rather a particular expression of migration. The Jewish-Christian tradition especially has taken to heart the reasonable command to provide hospitality. As a result, moral obligation demands that the person and not the stranger be seen. Important moral elements of Christianity are embodied in asylum law. The attitude of deonotological and obligated courtesy has to be cultivated in this virtue-ethical sense so that solidarity with those in need of help can become effective reality in the peace sector of Europe.