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Ethics – Part 1
May 25, June 1, June 8, & June 15, 2022
A four week reading group through selections of The Ethics with Martin Cajthaml.
The group will meet over Zoom on Wednesday afternoons (May 25, June 1, June 8, & June 15, 2022 )from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT.
About the Text
Dietrich von Hildebrand offers here the most nuanced version we have of a value-based ethics, building on the ethics of Max Scheler, but going far beyond it. On this basis he develops his signature concept of value-response, wherein a person gives value its due, along with his signature concept of the transcendence of the person in value-response. He re-thinks virtue theory on the basis of his value philosophy, and in doing so he places virtue at the center of his ethics long before the revival of virtue theory in Anglo-American thought.
The meeting will be conducted live in Zoom. Links for the session will be sent out ahead of time.
To allow for rich discussion, the group is limited in size to a maximum of 20 participants. Once the group is full, additional registrations will be placed on a waitlist.
All participants are expected to have a copy of the text and to come prepared to each session having done the weekly reading (15-45 pages per week). The weekly reading schedule is available on the right-hand sidebar.
Martin Cajthaml studied philosophy at the Faculty of Arts of the Charles University in Prague from 1991-1993. He went on to study philosophy and psychology at the International Academy of Philosophy in the Principality of Lichtenstein (IAP). In 2000, he earned his PhD in philosophy at the IAP with the dissertation Kritik des Relativismus. In 2000-2007 he worked as assistant-professor at the IAP. 2007-2011 he worked as assistant-professor at the Department of Philosophy and Patrology of Sts Cyril and Methodius Faculty of Theology of Palacký University Olomouc. Since his Habilitation at the Faculty of Arts of the Palacký University in 2011, he is the head of the Department of Philosophy and Patrology and an associate professor.
Reading groups are free to attend.
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Week 1: Ch 1 pp 13-47
Week 2: Ch 1 pp 47-73
Week 3: Ch 2
Week 4: Ch 6 & 9
*All from Ethics
Suitable for intermediate to advanced: primarily discussion.
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT