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Exercises in Hermeneutical Ethics (10th/11th December 2021)

The meanings of ethics go beyond mere judgement: There are kinds of aesthetical-ethical reflection and ethical labour that are not merely preparatory to moral judgement or to ethical communication. These kinds of ethical reflection have a right of their own, and they come in many forms. One of the forms of such indirect ethical labour is the hermeneutical work on texts, i.e., on texts that could inspire moral thought in an albeit unforeseeable way, or texts that might lead to an irritation of moral convictions and outlooks. Ethical work can also be seen as work on oneself, work on one’s disposition to adequately perceive those parts of the world that build the horizon of one’s action.  

Hermeneutical ethics is a practice that does not aim to denounce ethical theory by way of anti-theory, but rather to fully appreciate the complexities of ethical reality. The talks of the conference will enact hermeneutical ethics by offering close readings of texts (literary and other) that can both inspire and challenge ethical thought.

Conference Program
10th December 2021

09:30-10:45 a.m.

Jochen Schmidt: Hermeneutical Ethics and the quest for Moral Motivation



11:00-12:30 a.m.

Andrew Hass: Listening as Interpretation: Ethical Responsibility in the Spirit of Music



02:00-03:30 p.m.

Andreas Mauz: The Same, different. Perspective as a Key Aspect of Hermeneutics/Hermeneutical Ethics



03:45-05:15 p.m.

Heather Walton: Representing Deep Relationality: The Necessity of Fiction in a Time of Climate Crisis

07:00 p.m.


11th December 2021

09:30-11:00 a.m.

Maike Schult: What serves the common good. Ishiguros novel Never let me go as a micrological exercise in Hermeneutical Ethics



11:15-12:45 a.m.

Martin Leutzsch: Demanding Forgiveness. The Ethical Impact of a Peculiar Form of Responsa concerning the Holocaust



02:00-03:30 p.m.

David Jasper: Ethics after Postmodernism: The Literary Turn – a Study of J. Hillis Miller and Wayne C. Booth



03:45-05:15 p.m.

Lothar van Laak: Vulnerability in the Aesthetics of Literature

05:15-06:00 p.m. 

Conclusion and further perspectives



Contact and Registration

Isabell Rüffer, Institut für Evangelische Theologie

The University for the Information Society