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Societal Ethics in Merleau-Ponty: Three Attempts to Form an Ethics on the Phenomenology of Maurice Merleau-Ponty
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI), The Wigforss Group.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8491-3215
2016 (English)In: Ethics, Democracy and Markets: Nordic Perspectives on World Problems / [ed] Giorgio Baruchella, Jacob Dahl Rendtorff & Asger Sørensen, Köpenhamn: NSU Press, 2016, 55-65 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
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The purpose of this chapter is to investigate, out of three examples, the possible formation of a societal ethics upon the phenomenology of Merleau-Ponty and how these examples relate necessarily to the societal dimension. For an ethics to qualify as a societal ethics it has to be derived from a practice and be related to or address social problems in this practice (Cortese, 2004). The three examples are: Maurice Hamington’s (2004) attempt to form an ethics upon embodiment; Michael Yeo’s (1992) ethics beyond the philosophy of identity; and Simone de Beauvoir’s (1948) ethics of ambiguity. Out of the three, Hamington’s attempt is the most successful one, since it is based on the encounter with the Other and includes a consideration of the influence of social institutions on the encounter. Yeo’s and de Beauvoir’s attempts lack a genuine societal dimension.

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Köpenhamn: NSU Press, 2016. 55-65 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-31797ISBN: 978-87-87564-94-6 OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-31797DiVA: diva2:953685
Available from: 2016-08-18 Created: 2016-08-18 Last updated: 2016-09-22Bibliographically approved

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