By Karl-Otto Apel
The necessity for a world ethics has its beginning within the human scenario as such (i.e. within the truth of hominisation that has pushed aside us from the ordinary protection of natural tendencies and thrown us into the nation of freedom) and particularly within the current scenario of humankind that's characterized by means of an severe bring up of exterior demanding situations to our co-responsability, caused through the result of typical technological know-how, know-how, politics and economic climate, and - because it looks - missing inner assets of moral cause. the current publication attempts to teach that the transcentendal-pragmatic method of discourse ethics can reconstruct the genesis of this example and supply a rational reaction to the exterior demanding situations to and the interior deficits of worldwide ethics. (Peeters 2001)
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Tsz-chang asked if it were possible to forecast the state of the country ten generations hence. The Master rephed in this manner: "The Yin dynasty adopted the rules and placed. manners of the Hia line of kings, and it is possible to tell whether it retrograded or advanced. The Chow line has followed the Yin, adopting its ways', and whedier there has been deterioration or improvement may also be determined. " Other sayings of the Master: "It is but flattery to make sacrificial offerings to departed spirits not belonging to one's own family.
When out with his bow, he woiJd never game in cover. "Some there may be," said he, "who do things in ignorance of what they do. I am not of these. There is an shoot at — way of knowing things, viz. " keep in were diflScult to speak with. One Hu-hiang Pupils from the Master, and the disciples interview youth came to to have been seen. "Why ought were in doubt whether he alternative THE WISDOM OF CONFUCIUS 40 SO much ado," said the Master, "at my merely pennitting and not rather at my aUowing him to draw his approach, back?
Beautiful eyes, so dark, so bright! " "Then," said the other, "rules of ceremony * One ereign. " "Ahl" exclaimed the Master, "you are the man to catch the drift of my thought. " Said the Master, "As regards the ceremonial adopted I am able to describe it, although their own descendants in the State of Ki can adduce no adequate testimony in favor of its use there. So, too, I am able to describe the ceremonial of the Yin dynasty, although no more can the Sung people show sufficient reason for its continuance amongst themselves.
The response of discourse ethics to the moral challenge of the human situation as such and especially today: Mercier lectures, Louvain-la-Neuve, March 1999 by Karl-Otto Apel