“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 St. 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
EditorsMichael F. Andrews, Antonio Calcagno
PublisherSpringer Science
Pages133-150
Number of pages18
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2022

Publication series

NameWomen in the History of Philosophy and Sciences
Volume12
ISSN (Print)2523-8760
ISSN (Electronic)2523-8779

Keywords

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

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