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God and moral responsibility

Book Contribution - Chapter

I will argue in this article that SchelerU+2019s last writings are not necessarily less valuable than his earlier works. First, I will try to prove that SchelerU+2019s Späte Schriften are in concordance with his earlier writings, at least from the perspective of his ethical views, and do not represent such a dramatic rupture as is often claimed. The main part of this article will therefore consist of an analysis of the moral implications that are inherent in SchelerU+2019s renewing concept of God, as it is obvious that SchelerU+2019s concept of Gottwerdung, central in his late metaphysics, does not leave morality untouched. I will stress the fact that these moral implications remarkably coincide with the core of SchelerU+2019s earlier ethical system, as developed in his magnificent Der Formalismus in der Ethik und die Materiale Wertethik (Formalism in Ethics and Non-Formal Ethics of Values). Furthermore, Scheler's Späte Schriften are not only compatible with the essence of his earlier ethics, but there is also a great consistency in them, even though they are often characterized as merely a collection of distinct essays. SchelerU+2019s so-called metanthropology accords with his political, epistemological and ethical views.
Book: God, goodness and philosophy
Series: The British Society for the Philosophy of Religion
Pages: 217 - 229
Publication year:2011