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Koers

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Koers (Online) vol.75 n.1 Pretoria  2010

 

ORIGINAL RESEARCH

 

Moraliteit, die opdringerige en die voorwaardelike

 

Morality, the obtrusive and the conditional

 

 

M.F. Heyns

Skool vir Filosofie, Potchefstroomkampus, Noordwes-Universiteit, POTCHEFSTROOM. E-pos: michael.heyns@nwu.ac.za

 

 


OPSOMMING

Die sekularistiese (immanentistiese), historistiese en pluralistiese aard van huidige denke bemoeilik die artikulering van transendentale voorwaardes virmoraliteit. Oënskynlik is dit veral die konstantheid van 'n struktuur vir moraliteit wat as transendentale voorwaarde vir moraliteit in die spervuur is. Maar 'n aggressiewe immanentisme wat veroorsaak dat 'n transendente oorsprong vir moraliteit glad nie eers op die agenda van laat-moderne denkers mag verskyn nie, is waarskynlik net so 'n akute uitsluit van transendentale oorwegings. In hierdie artikel word gewys op die (soms onbewustelike) ervaring van sommige filosowe dat 'n konstante struktuur vir moraliteit ditself wel aan ons opdring. 'n Verdere aanspraak is dat 'n soortgelyke opdringerigheid bemerk kan word ten opsigte van 'n samehangende verskeidenheid morele bronne (d.w.s. bronne wat hulle transendentaal t.o.v. mekaar bevind). Die "gewaagdste" argument is vir 'n transendentale transendente oorsprong vir moraliteit.

Kernbegrippe: modern/postmodern/laat-modern moraliteit/etiek opdringerige transendente/gegewe universele/konstante voorwaardelike/transendentale


ABSTRACT

The secularist (immanentist), historicist and pluralistic nature of current thinking disables the articulation of transcendental conditions for morality. It is ostensibly especially the constancy of a structure for morality, as transcendental condition, for morality that is disputable. However, an aggressive immanen-tism sees to it that a transcendent origin for morality does not even appear on the agenda of late modern thinkers, which makes the latter probably an equally serious marginalisation of transcendental considerations. In this article the (sometimes unconscious) experience of some philosophers that a constant structure for morality obtrudes itself upon us, is highlighted. A further claim is that a similar obtrusion can be observed about a coherent diversity of moral sources (i.e. sources which find themselves in a transcendental position with regard to each other). The "most daring" argument is for a transcendental transcendent origin for morality.

Key concepts: conditional/transcendental modern/postmodern/late modern morality/ethics optrusive transcendent/given universal/constant


 

 

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