Zwischen Partikularismus und Generalismus: Ethische Probleme als Grammatische Spannungen


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Matthias Kiesselbach
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This essay argues that there is room for a third position between moral particularism and moral generalism in their orthodox forms. The view proposed in this essay is inspired by the later Wittgenstein's conception of grammar and holds that formulations of ethical principles can be interpreted as grammatical statements, while ethical problems can be interpreted as instances of grammatical tension. On this reading, situations in which ethical principles turn out to conict come out as moments in the evolution of language. Three consequences are discussed, and welcomed as general insights into the workings of language.
Keywords particularism  generalism  Wittgenstein  moral principle
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