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The Teutonic Shift from Christian Morality Kant, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche

This talk traces the slow death of Christian morality through the lineage of the Germanic philosophers Kant, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche.

The Enlightenment led to the withdrawal of Christian authority from both the workings of the cosmos and the sanction of its morality. Immanuel Kant sought to replace this scriptural, fideistic justification with reason. Arthur Schopenhauer, a pre-eminent neo-Kantian, pushed this sacrilege further by arguing that even Kant assumed a normative ethic, thereby endorsing a Judeo-Christian presupposition. Friedrich Nietzsche, an ardent Schopenhauerian in his youth, completed the shift by his later rejection of Schopenhauer's descriptive foundation of ethics as itself a Christian assumption. With Nietzsche, Christian morality meets its death in all its secular guises.


Peter Sjöstedt Hughes is Philosophy Lecturer at DM College in Kensington, London. He has a Master's Degree in Continental Philosophy and gives public lectures, private tuition and public Philosophy courses. He will be giving a lecture on Schopenhauer and the Philosophy of Mind in Stockholm University in May for the international Science of Consciousness conference.

Find out more at his website: www.philosopher.eu


Speaker(s):

Peter Hughes | talks | www

 

Date and Time:

27 February 2011 at 11:00 am

Duration:

2 hours

 

Venue:

Conway Hall
Conway Hall
25 Red Lion Square
London
WC1R 4RL
0207 242 8034
http://www.conwayhall.org.uk/

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