Founding Community

A Phenomenological-Ethical Inquiry

  • H. Peter Steeves

Part of the Phaenomenologica book series (PHAE, volume 143)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 144-161

About this book


Phenomenology, in its traditional encounters with ethics, has commonly aimed at a more descriptive rather than prescriptive goal. The direction of this project, however, is both phenomenological and prescriptive as I attempt to provide a phenomenological foundation for communitarian ethical theory. I argue, following Husserl, that the Ego and the Other arise together in sense and thus we are committed to community in a foundational way. I am always and fundamentally constituted as a member of a community - as a Self among Others - and, given this, there are certain ethical implications. Namely, there is a communal Good of which my good is but a perspective; indeed, it is a perspective on a Good which encompasses the whole of the living world and not just humanity. Consequently, we are foundationally imbedded in a deep community and a deep communitarian ethic.


Edmund Husserl ethical theory ethics morality phenomenology

Authors and affiliations

  • H. Peter Steeves
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyCalifornia State UniversityFresnoUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-6180-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-5182-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0079-1350
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