Moral Judgments as Part of What Ethics Must Show

Janyne Sattler


In both the Lecture on Ethics and the Tractatus, Ethics is not at all concerned with facts and is said to be
supernatural. We all know that we cannot speak about
what is beyond the limits of language as stated in these works, language being
confined to empirical and scientific propositions. So, this places Ethics
entirely out of the domain of what can legitimately be said. However, at the
same time, Wittgenstein seems to allow, or maybe even to recommend, that even if
an absolute judgment of value is not to be taken as a proposition, it should be expressed when the situation requires.
Otherwise we would be involved in a moral mistake. I will investigate this
possibility using here as a guide the following expression of the Lecture on Ethics
“Well, you ought to want to behave better.”


philosophy; 20th century philosophy; Wittgenstein Ludwig; ethics; saying vs showing; moral judgment; ataraxia

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