Aristotelian Naturalism and Critical Theory

Müller, Jan. (2020) Aristotelian Naturalism and Critical Theory. In: Aristotelian Naturalism. A Research Companion. Cham, pp. 441-461.

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Both Critical Theory and Aristotelian Naturalism take issue with subjectivism in meta-ethics, and with formalist “law conceptions” of ethics—both of which they take to be characteristic of modern moral philosophy. Aristotelian Naturalism aims to rectify these faults by elaborating on the idea that practical rationality is essential relative to the human form of life, or to our nature. I distinguish three consecutive versions of this argument, and discuss objections against each. The meta-critique put forth by Critical Theory provides, I argue, a sympathetic and kindred amendment to these basic tenets of Aristotelian Naturalism: it facilitates an understanding of practical reason as receptive to objective claims stemming from the human form of life, but at the same time allows for an understanding of categories like “nature” and “reason” as essentially historically and socially mediated.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Künste, Medien, Philosophie > Fachbereich Philosophie > Praktische Philosophie (Krebs)
UniBasel Contributors:Müller, Jan
Item Type:Book Section, refereed
Book Section Subtype:Further Contribution in a Book
Publisher:Springer International Publishing
Series Name:Historical-Analytical Studies on Nature, Mind and Action
Issue Number:8
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Book item
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