Giner on the Socio-genesis of Morality
I discuss the main claims in a new book on the origins of morality (Salvador Giner, El origen de la moral. Ética y valores en la sociedad actual, Ediciones Península, Barcelona 2012, 419 pp.). These are: i) our time, far from being the twilight of morality, is the first time in human history when a universalistic and autonomous morality has emerges as a social phenomenon, not just as a philosophical theory; ii) even if thousand years of rational philosophical discussion of morality has yielded valuable insights, yet a fresh start of critical reflexion on morality qua phenomenon is first possible now, starting with a sociological understanding of morality as spontaneous emergence of codes of norms; iii) sociology is intrinsically ethical theory, since at a certain point, no empirical and technocratic proc-essing of social data still makes sense and sociological discourse has to become reflexive, interpretive, and most of all, construed in terms of explicit valuations.
Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics
XV (2013) 1
EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Sergio Cremaschi, "Giner on the Socio-genesis of Morality", in: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics, XV (2013) 1, pp. 555-562.