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Philosophical Problems of Ethics

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Code Science Field Subfield
6.10.00  Humanities  Philosophy   

Code Science Field
H001  Humanities  Philosophy 
H120  Humanities  Systematic philosophy, ethics, aesthetics, metaphysics, epistemology, ideology 
Ethics, subject, excess, law, infinity, contingency, memory, universality, singularity, enjoyment, will, desire
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Researchers (10)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  22291  MSc Matej Ažman  Humanities  Researcher  2004 - 2007  16 
2.  06589  PhD Aleš Erjavec  Philosophy  Researcher  2004 - 2007  755 
3.  11486  PhD Marina Gržinić Mauhler  Philosophy  Researcher  2004 - 2007  1,724 
4.  13472  PhD Peter Klepec  Philosophy  Researcher  2004 - 2007  297 
5.  01008  PhD Oto Luthar  Historiography  Researcher  2004 - 2007  899 
6.  09251  PhD Tomaž Mastnak  Philosophy  Researcher  2004 - 2007  861 
7.  02155  PhD Radivoj Riha  Philosophy  Researcher  2004 - 2007  325 
8.  06397  PhD Jelica Šumič Riha  Philosophy  Researcher  2004 - 2007  376 
9.  12330  PhD Matjaž Vesel  Philosophy  Researcher  2004 - 2007  180 
10.  11158  PhD Alenka Zupančič Žerdin  Philosophy  Head  2004 - 2007  428 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0618  Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts  Ljubljana  5105498000  63,109 
The project will focus on the investigation of the conceptual and philosophical problems of the ethical, and on the possibilities of ethical thought in the era of globalisation. The investigation will be conducted following three major guidelines. The first takes its starting point in the conceptual history of ethical reflection, from Aristotle onwards. However, rather than to provide a historical overview of various conceptions of ethics, the aim of this starting point is to detect and to analyse key paradigmatic shifts in the history of ethical thought. Crucial in this respect will be an inquiry into Kant's practical philosophy considered as the basis for modern ethical thought. By focusing on Nietzsche's frontal attack on the eminency of ethical problematic, we propose to circumscribe the place of the so-called "anti-ethics" within the history of philosophy. In the context of ethical changes in the era of globalisation we will try also to elucidate the nature and the function of testimony and of memory of those traumatic events characterised by the elimination of witness, by drawing on the theorisation of testimony developed by contemporary philosophy, psychoanalysis, literary theory, history, philosophy of law, philosophy of language, aesthetics, etc. The first and the most extensive part of the project will thus be a conceptual intervention into contemporary domination of postmodern ethical minimalism. The second guideline of inquiry will be centred around the issues of finitude and infinitude. In dealing with it, we will depart from the perspective of the excess (or a "too-muchness") that persists despite our finite condition and despite the recognition of our limits. What is that persists as an immanent excess on account of which human existence, as well as society, never exactly equal the sum total of their parts, The confrontation of philosophy and psychoanalysis will be of key importance for the elucidation of ethics through the perspective of infinity. Some other questions connected with the question of infinity will also be elaborated in this thematic block, above all the questions of the relationship between necessity and contingency and between immanence and transcendence. The third thematic block of the project concerns the question what such new departing point of ethics implies for particular human practices. In this perspective, especially the intertwining of ethics and aesthetics (in other words: of art, question of art as an act) will be investigated in its different forms and propositions, together with the break between "modern" and "post-modern" art. The relationship between ethics and politics will also be considered.
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