Assuming asymmetry, if it is true that the ultimate goal of ethics is practice, if knowledge of matters of conduct is pursued for the sake of practice, then practice is not pursued for the sake of knowledge… Cavell S., (1976), Must we Mean what we Say?, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press. ... pedestal in the growth of an organisation.Management must ensure that employees are assured of safe and secure knowledge sharing and also a code of ethics … 18Such an incitement for Kant is most notably freedom, which in turn is nothing other than the capacity to begin. 1357a). (Kant 2002a: 79). However, a third point should be noted: being knowledgeable does not necessarily mean that you will act ethically, as in case 4. ‘make an incision, slit something open’, Otto von Guericke Universität, Magdeburg, Handlung und Erfahrung. According to Cavell, for Wittgenstein, compliance with rules thus the possibility of speaking and acting depends upon the perspective of another, who is beyond my cognitive grasp. This theory of experience unfolds in five steps (see Edel, Flower 1985: X): (1) the initial point of every experience is a life crisis or a situation that has became problematic and stimulates a process of inquiry; (2) this process of inquiry is a practical process, that is to say, a practice; (3) the process is at the same time reconstructive and experimental, it involves innovations (new beginnings) concerning the assessment of the situation and the search for solutions respectively; (4) the process (or practice) has a temporal structure and reflects upon its own temporality, and (5) the whole process must be conceived in a holistic way. Rather, it keeps open the space for decision. But at the same time, Kant underlines that, on the level of intention, something runs counter to knowledge: Such an incitement for Kant is most notably freedom, which in turn is nothing other than the capacity to begin. A moral situation for Cavell is not one of blind rule application, but, as for James, a post-conventional and creative one in which we remain in doubt over the rule to be applied, as well as the interpretation of the case to be ruled: Apparently, what the ‘case’ in question is forms part of the content of the moral argument itself. Their compulsion is rather mediated by our, towards those rules. We can best answer that potentially complex question in several stages. For Derrida, it is the paradox of Kantian ethics that the sentiment of respect, More than anything else, Kant’s repeated hint at the “fact of reason” (cf. I disagree with them, however, insofar as I do not consider moral sentences to be truth-apt. 11Socrates at first glance seems to be an ethical intellectualist. What is responsibility?.” For him, those questions to a certain extent must remain: Taking up a Searlean distinction, it could be said that, for Cavell, rules in moral contexts play an at best regulative, but never a constitutive role: When it comes to ethics, the reference to rules is always belated, as, rather than explaining what we ought to do, these rules can only be understood as a function of an ‘ought’: “For rules are themselves binding only subject to our commitment” (Cavell 1999: 307). In order to suppress the creative and experimental spontaneity of practice Marx himself exposed, orthodox Marxism accentuates a certain heaviness and irreducibility of practice that Aristotle limits to other types of activities as well as to the biological process of life. And where faith in a fact can help create the fact, that would be an insane logic which should say that faith running ahead of scientific evidence is the ‘lowest kind of immorality’ into which a thinking being can fall. Currently, on the level of justification as well as the application of ethics, a rationalist prejudice prevails that correct and well-founded knowledge will automatically lead to what is right, in other words: moral and practical validity claims depend upon epistemic validity claims. (Derrida 1995b: 16ff.). Mary J. Gregor, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press. This in turn is only possible if the situation the actor refers to is not completely determined, but haunted by an irreducible ignorance: Moral theory cannot emerge when there is positive belief as to what is right and what is wrong, for then there is no occasion for reflection. URL: http://journals.openedition.org/ejpap/376; DOI: https://doi.org/10.4000/ejpap.376, Otto von Guericke Universität, Magdeburghetzel[at]phil.tu-darmstadt.de. Here he turns against a conception of ethics “by which we undertake to arrive at a knowledge, or ‘rational conviction,’ as to what ought to be done” (Cavell 1999: 247) and by which we conceptualize this knowledge as a knowledge of rules that are relevant to action. Deontological principle ethics thus tend to dictate particular forms of practice and conform to their respective normative standards. Rhet. Edel A. 46To sum up, James, Dewey, and Cavell remain loyal to the Kantian agenda of pointing out limits of knowledge in order to concede to ethics a realm that has a validity of its own. 2: Ethical problem around the decision of Euthanasia. While Clifford insinuates an ethics that seeks to anchor convictions in well-founded knowledge, James elaborates a certain inevitability of unfounded convictions. This theory of experience unfolds in five steps (see Edel, Flower 1985: X): (1) the initial point of every experience is a life crisis or a situation that has became problematic and stimulates a process of inquiry; (2) this process of inquiry is a practical process, that is to say, a practice; (3) the process is at the same time reconstructive and experimental, it involves innovations (new beginnings) concerning the assessment of the situation and the search for solutions respectively; (4) the process (or practice) has a temporal structure and reflects upon its own temporality, and (5) the whole process must be conceived in a holistic way. In reference to this central principle of practical reason, he remarks that it is the only idea “whose possibility we know a priori – though without having insight into it” (Kant 2002b: 5). Peirce C.  S., (1931), Collected Papers, vol. 1, ed. Against the backdrop of these thoughts, in his decidedly moral philosophical writings James assumes a post-conventional position, that is, we are not acting ethically if we simply subject our actions to rules, but only if we also come to realize that no rule can ever claim that it was the single adequate rule for the case in question: “The highest ethical life [...] consist at all times in the breaking of rules which have grown too narrow for the actual case” (James 1956: 209). In practice, this means that the questions as to “what will be making it a moral issue, what kinds of reasons, entered in what way, to what effect, will be moral reasons” (Cavell 1999: 289) and who counts as a. in which context, are considered moral questions. Ausführliches lateinisch-deutsches Handwörterbuch, J., (2010), “Is Virtue Knowledge? In contrast, the rules of a game imply a must. 25In contrast, James brings into play a completely different dimension. 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