“Is“ and “ought” reconciled: The contribution of Stein’s essentialism and existentialism to postmodern ethics

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Abstract

The is-ought-conclusion is – according to David Hume – forbidden. But the is-ought-question rises at each moment when thinking is transferred into action: an “is” is set into being, it is preserved or destroyed. This is where ethics is needed. The good action depends on how one understands the “is”. Thomas of Aquinas considered it as the essence – and so does Edith Stein. In Thomas, the “ought” is given by creation; Stein gains it by taking into account the value which she reveals by an existential approach. By revealing the essence, the truth of this thing, and its existential relevance, the value, Stein justifies two major aspects which need to be regained in postmodern ethics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Ethics and Metaphysics of Edith Stein
Subtitle of host publication Applications and Implications
PublisherSpringer Science
Pages1-16
Number of pages16
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 13 Aug 2020

Keywords

  • Edith Stein
  • ethics
  • epistemology
  • natural law
  • metaphysics

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    Wulf, M. (Accepted/In press). “Is“ and “ought” reconciled: The contribution of Stein’s essentialism and existentialism to postmodern ethics. In The Ethics and Metaphysics of Edith Stein: Applications and Implications (pp. 1-16). Springer Science.