How Skeptics Do Ethics

Enlightenment philosophers are often credited with formulating challenging theories about humankind and society, and in our postmodern age, we still live with some of the very same compelling, contentious, and often unresolved questions they posed. Aubrey Neal suggests that one such issue that still lingers today is skepticism, and in How Skeptics Do Ethics: A Brief History of the Late Modern Linguistic Turn, he unravels the thread of this philosophy from its origins in Enlightenment thinking down to our present age.

Neal contends that, in our increasingly complicated world, we face unique moral challenges and that modern ethics has not kept pace with modern life. The traditional language of moral introspection does not translate adequately into such contexts as politics, public service, and the global economy. Referencing such luminary thinkers as Hume, Kant, Hegel, and Wittgenstein, Neal seeks to re-ignite age-old questions and challenge the meaning of traditional philosophical debates and their value for our society today.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Cover 1
Title Page 4
Bibliographuc Information 5
CONTENTS 6
INTRODUCTION 10
CHAPTER ONE: HUME’S PREDICAMENT 28
HUME’S FORK 29
SENTIMENT 37
KANT’S CRITIQUE OF HUME 47
CHAPTER TWO: HEGEL’S PREDICAMENT 74
G.W.F. HEGEL (1770-1831) 83
WILHELM DILTHEY (1833-1911) 101
CHAPTER THREE: THE LINGUISTIC TURN 122
FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE (1844-1900) 124
FERDINAND DE SAUSSURE (1857-1913) 129
LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN (1889-1951) 137
CHAPTER FOUR: THE MODERN PREDICAMENT 162
MAURICE MANDELBAUM (1908-1987) 172
HEMPEL’S COVERING LAW 183
LEONARD KRIEGER (1918-1990) 196
KANT AND MARX 206
CHAPTER FIVE: POSTMODERNISM 218
MARTIN HEIDEGGER (1889-1976) 219
JACQUES DERRIDA (1930-2004) 242
MICHEL FOUCAULT (1926-1984) 251
UNDERSTANDING POSTMODERNISM 265
NOTES 282
BIBLIOGRAPHY 306
INDEX 320
Back Cover 330