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The Possibilities of Ethical Discourse in the Making of Moral Standards

(Original title: Možnosti etického diskurzu v procese utvárania morálnych noriem)
Filozofia, 57 (2002), 6, 431-436.
Type of work: Papers
Publication language: Slovak

Whether the discursive ethic is accepted or rejected by the public, is determined especially by its universality claims and by its stressing the rationality developed in the light of Kantian tradition. The author reflects on the possibilities of the ethical discourse in the process of the creation of moral standards, which takes place in the frame of social dynamics, under the various forms of social and power-pressure, where the basic integrating moments are human communication and rational capacity. Although realizing the possible objections, the author sees the ethical discourse as offering us a possibility to understand the sense of the established moral standards and to accept them entirely, so that they become a part of our moral attitudes.

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