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The Start of the “Moral Philosophy” and Its Historical Context

  • Thomas Nemeth
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Abstract

At some indeterminate time but before late 1894 Solov’ëv abandoned the idea of preparing a second edition of his Critique of Abstract Principles and started work on an entirely new ethical treatise that would reflect his altered viewpoint. In this chapter, we look at not just the historical background for this change of plan but also at the history of philosophical ethics in Russia leading up to Solov’ëv’s own work but most of which seemingly remained unknown to him. We also look at a central issue that permeated much of German society in these years, viz., the pessimism associated with questioning the meaning and purpose of life. This issue carried over into Russian philosophy and informed Solov’ëv’s casting of his central ethical treatise from these years, the Justification of the Moral Good.

Keywords

Ethics in theological academies Pessimism Meaning of life Independence of ethics Moral feelings Schopenhauer Telling a lie 

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  • Thomas Nemeth
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  1. 1.ManchesterUSA

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