Richard Raatzsch

In welchem Sinn es nur in der Existenzphilosophie eine Ethik gibt, und sonst nirgends – und was das Problem mit diesem Sinn ist

Some philosophers think that existentialism contributed to the tradition of philosophy by directing philosophers’ attention to some hitherto neglected phenomena, as if other philosophies were somehow incomplete. With regards to ethics, this may take the form of claiming that moral philosophers took the existence of a moral consciousness for granted. The world had to wait for the arrival of existentialists in order to be able to see that this presupposition is problematic. – This view underestimates not only the power of earlier philosophies, but also how radical existentialism is. Although existential-ists made indeed remarkable discoveries, what they discovered was not just an addi-tion to what had already been discovered. It was such that without the newly discovered phenomena, (so-called) ethics was no (real) ethics. – This is where the pendulum reaches its turning point. – The paper sketches how, and why, one has to go all the way up to this point, in order to be able to see what the real insight it which existentialism has to offer.