Business Ethics - Formal elements of ethical theory (Part 2.4)


  • Universalism as the essence of modern ethics
  • Kant's formalism and the idea of a substantive ethics (e.g., in Max Scheler)
  • Tragic conflicts
  • Empirical and a priori knowledge in ethics
  • Judgment and subsumtion
  • Means and ends


  • Technical, strategical, and communicative rationality
  • Ideal and non-ideal conditions of actions
  • Decision theory and ethics

(01.06.2007 / Part 2.4)
*Part 2.1 and 2.2 are not available

The lecture of Prof. Dr. Vittorio Hösle took place within the scope of a 4-day course of lectures which was taped from the 31st May to the 03rd June at the Northern Institute of Technology.

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