Hermeneutic turn of philosophy, initiated by Dilthey and Heidegger (Przyłębski devoted to it the so titled book, published in 2004), led to a reevaluation of understanding of the classical disciplines of philosophy, from ontology and epistemology to aesthetics and ethics. Cognitive importance of these disciplines have been relativized to the cultural conditions in which they operate. With regard to ethics it does not lead to the creation of some new "hermeneutic ethics", but to the hermeneutic approach to ethics, which underlines value of existing morality and reduces the pretensions of philosophical ethics to universal validity. This book presents it on the ground of a solid and innovatory analysis of ethical considerations of Schleiermacher, Nietzsche, Dilthey, Heidegger, Gadamer, Ricoeur and Günter Abel.
Andrzej Przyłębski is philosopher, translator and diplomat. He was vice-president of the International Hegel Society and vice-president of the Polish Society for Phenomenology. He was professor of philosophy at AMU Poznan (Poland) and of TU Chemnitz (Germany). At the moment Prof. Przyłębski is Polish Ambassador in Germany.