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  • Print publication year: 2005
  • Online publication date: August 2006

11 - Schleiermacher’s Christian Ethics

from Part II - Schleiermacher as Theologian
Summary

A proper grasp of Schleiermacher's Christian Ethics presupposes an understanding of the following: the relation between ethics and faith (the two parts of dogmatic theology), the relation of historical theology to philosophical theology, and a correct understanding of theology's place in the theory of human knowledge as a whole.

THE PLACE OF CHRISTIAN ETHICS IN THE CONTEXT OF HUMAN UNDERSTANDING

In his introduction to the Christian Ethics, Schleiermacher notes the relationship of Christian ethics to Christian faith (CE, 2) and to philosophical ethics (CE, 24). To understand properly these relationships we must first reflect upon the conditions of the possibility of knowledge in general and how these conditions affect how we are to understand: (1) the place of theology in relation to possible knowledge as a whole; (2) the place of dogmatics in theology; (3) especially in relation to philosophical theology; and, (4) in light of the relationship between Christian faith and Christian ethics (as the two parts of dogmatics). Finally, given these considerations, we must reflect upon the relation of Christian ethics to philosophical ethics.

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The Cambridge Companion to Friedrich Schleiermacher
  • Online ISBN: 9781139000796
  • Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CCOL0521814480
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