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How Skeptics Do Ethics: A Brief History of the Late Modern Linguistic Turn

Aubrey Neal

$34.95 CAD / $39.95 USD (S)

324 pages

6 x 9 inches

Hardback: 1552382028

Paperback: 978-1-55238-202-8

Library PDF: 978-1-55238-368-1

March 2007

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A compelling, challenging, and complex examination of skepticism from the Enlightenment to the modern age.

Enlightenment philosophers are often credited with formulating challenging theories about humankind and society, and in our postmodern age, we still live with some of the very same compelling, contentious, and often unresolved questions they posed. Aubrey Neal suggests that one such issue that still lingers today is skepticism, and in How Skeptics Do Ethics, he unravels the thread of this philosophy from its origins in Enlightenment thinking down to our present age.

Neal contends that, in our increasingly complicated world, we face unique moral challenges and that modern ethics has not kept pace with modern life. The traditional language of moral introspection does not translate adequately into such contexts as politics, public service, and the global economy. Referencing such luminary thinkers as Hume, Kant, Hegel, and Wittgenstein, Neal seeks to re-ignite age-old questions and challenge the meaning of traditional philosophical debates and their value for our society today.

About the Author

Aubrey Neal teaches in the Department of History at St. Paul’s College, University of Manitoba.

Table of Contents


One: Hume’s Predicament

Hume’s Fork

Kant’s Critique of Home

Two: Hegel’s Predicament

G.W.F. Hegel
Wilhelm Dilthey

Three: The Linguistic Turn

Frederich Nietzche
Ferdinand de Saussure
Ludwig Wittgenstein

Four: The Modern Predicament

Maurice Mandelbaum
Hempel’s Covering Law
Leonard Krieger
Kant and Marx

Five: Postmodernism

Martin Heidegger
Jacques Derrida
Michael Foucault
Understanding Postmodernism