The Radical Choice and Moral Theory

Through Communicative Argumentation to Phenomenological Subjectivity

  • Zhenming¬†Zhai

Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 45)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Zhenming Zhai
    Pages 57-89
  3. Zhenming Zhai
    Pages 91-133
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 177-194

About this book


In a crisp, original style the author approaches the crucial question of moral theory, the `is--ought' problem via communicative argumentation. Moving to the end of Habermas's conception of the communicative action, he introduces the concept of `radical choice' as the key to the transition from the descriptive to the normative. Phenomenological subjectivity of the intersubjective life-world is being vindicated as the `arch-value' of all derivative values, or the first principle for all normative precepts.
With exceptional acumen and mastery of the philosophical argument, the author -- a young native Chinese lately trained in a Western university -- delineates a fascinating route along which the philosophical question of justification raised in the analytic tradition can be answered on the basis of phenomenology.
A noteworthy contribution to the interplay between the Anglo--American and Continental schools of philosophy.


concept morality phenomenology

Authors and affiliations

  • Zhenming¬†Zhai
    • 1
  1. 1.Muhlenberg CollegeAllentownUSA

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