Phenomenological Reviews

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Neo-aristotelian ethics

naturalistic or phenomenological

John Drummond(Fordham University)

pp. 135-149


This paper distinguishes four senses of naturalism: (1) reductive physicalism; (2) a naturalism (Foot, Hursthouse) that departs from what Thompson calls "natural-historical judgments"; (3) a naturalism (McDowell) that recognizes that physical nature is located within the space of reasons; and (4) a phenomenological naturalism that shifts the focus to the "natural" experiences of subjects who encounter the world. The paper argues for a "phenomenological neo-Aristotelianism" that accounts both for the internal justification of our first-order moral experience and the need for a broader grounding in a universalistic account of the goods of agency.

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Bloechl Jeffrey, de Warren Nicolas (2015) Phenomenology in a new key: Essays in honor of Richard Cobb-Stevens. Dordrecht, Springer.

Pages: 135-149

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-02018-1_8

Full citation:

Drummond John (2015) „Neo-aristotelian ethics: naturalistic or phenomenological“, In: J. Bloechl & N. De Warren (eds.), Phenomenology in a new key, Dordrecht, Springer, 135–149.