Overcoming Transcendence: Charles Taylor and Nihilism

By: David Liakos '12

Advising Faculty: Lawrence Vogel

This project is one of fundamental ethics, in the same way that Heidegger described his project in Being and Time as one of "fundamental ontology" (Int., I, §3; Int., II, §7). Fundamental ethics refers here to the attempt to describe the essence of ethical life without recourse to abstract theoretical formulations and rules or to mere psychological behavior or to ethereal metaphysical entities, all ethical approaches that will be considered in subsequent chapters. Fundamental ethics seeks a genuine and compelling answer to the question of how one should live and sees providing such an answer as philosophy’s primary goal.

Related Fields: Philosophy