Johannes Fischer

Die Zukunft der Ethik

Ein Essay

[The Future of Ethics. An Essay.]

2022. VI, 112 pages.

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Ethics enjoys great social esteem. This can obscure the fact that the understanding of ethics that still dominates today raises many questions. In this essay, Johannes Fischer critically examines its detachment from life and contrasts it with the concept of an ethics of the life-world.
To this day, the understanding of ethics is decisively shaped by modern ethics. According to this, ethics is philosophical reflection on morality. This view is based on the opinion that moral questions can be answered by a non-moral, namely philosophical way of thinking and arguing. In order to understand how this strange view could come about, Johannes Fischer traces the close connection between the Enlightenment and ethics in this essay. Central importance is attached to the religious origins of morality and the role of Christian theology. The critique of the modern ethical paradigm leads to the thesis that the future of ethics lies in turning to the life-world, since all action derives its reasons from it. The author uses examples to explain the concept of an ethics of the life-world and develops its basic features.

Johannes Fischer Geboren 1947; Studium der Mathematik, Soziologie und Theologie; 1982 Promotion; 1988 Habilitation; 1993–98 Professor für Systematische Theologie und Ethik an der Theologischen Fakultät der Universität Basel; 1998–2012 Professor für Theologische Ethik an der Theologischen Fakultät der Universität Zürich.


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