Are There Any Limits? – On Moral Limits

By Angelika Potempa and Miriam T. Rodriguez.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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The debates on objectness, space-constitution, and the
totalizing affects of works of art and
design, once triggered by minimalism with its pronounced
focus on pure objectness and the medium
as the message, have mainly taken place in “marginal” or
interdisciplinary fields, such as ethics in
design and architecture, literary criticism, psychoanalysis,
and art, gender, cultural, and media
theory. In contrast to aesthetics, which has come to
challenge its own raison d’être, the controversies
on post-(art) theory, post-aesthetics, anti-aesthetics,
new-aestheticism, and academic ethics,
seem to be less forceful in taking on the challenge of a
reified and totalizing world staring
back at man, despite the adoption of new approaches, such as
linguistic, anthropological, and psychoanalytic,
epistemological, and performativity. This paper will address
questions, such
as what transcends and disrupts these totalizing effects?
Are there any moral limits to what could be
created or to what one should be exposed to, or are these
questions themselves liminal, because they
presume a particular point of measurement, that is, a
historical Mass? Moreover, links to subjectivity
and identity construction will be shown.

Keywords: Ethics, Aesthetics, Value-setting, Responsibility

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 10, pp.293-304. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 772.841KB).

Dr. Angelika Potempa

Associate Professor, History Department, UT Brownsville, Brownsville, Texas, USA

Angelika Soldan received a Ph.D. in 1982 and 1990 from Martin Luther University Halle- Wittenberg and Humboldt University Berlin. Her fields of concentration are 19th/20th century German philosophy, ethics, and political theory. Since 1999, she has been working as a fulltime faculty member at UTB/TSC. She has taught the following courses: Interdisciplinary Studies, European Politics, Classical and Modern Political Theory, Introduction to Ethics, Logic, Philosophy, and Continental Philosophy. Various scholarly journals have published her works on issues, such as, the ethics concept of Erich Fromm, personal and cultural identity, political humor, and the concept of philosophy. She is one of the editors of The Study of Philosophy. Her current research is concerned with moral limits and aesthetics.

Miriam T. Rodriguez

Editor, Freelance, Berlin, Germany

Master of Fine Arts, Writing Division (Poetry) Columbia University, New York, NY (1995) Writer/Editor, Berlin Germany.

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