Phenomenology, Hermeneutics and Ethics
Phenomenology and hermeneutics are not just philosophical ‘methodologies’ but ontologies of human life, culture and world which are constitutive for practical philosophy. A hermeneutical and deconstructive phenomenology therefore can be conceived of as a kind of proto- and meta-ethics, exploring the genesis, role and significance of morality in the constitution of life, society and world. As such it situates itself at the intersection of metaphysics, anthropology/philosophy of culture and ethics. We will read and discuss major concepts and topics in this field, guided by canonical texts from major authors (Heidegger, Levinas, Nancy, Ricoeur, Gadamer and/or others) and their critical retrieval and transformation of traditional metaphysics and ethics (Plato, Aristotle, Kant a.o.). Central issue is the significance of symbolisation for ethics.