Morality and the sphere of attention
We are born, we attend, we die—but what then of morality? If existence precedes essence and if human being is a sphere of attention, so that our "essence" is simply a dynamic embodied processing in the world, then there seems to be little room to argue that we can live our lives with others in a way that is genuinely moral. My approach will be different from Sartre's infamous Kantian-like proposal delivered as a speech in France, ideas which he later acknowledged as half-baked thoughts on ethics and existentialism (Sartre 1976 and 1985). It will also not involve the embrace of a socialistic ethics, as Sartre tended to do later in his career. Instead, this chapter draws its primary inspiration from existentialist philosopher and theologian Martin Buber.
Arvidson, (2006). Morality and the sphere of attention, in The sphere of attention, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 149-176.
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