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We first find the term “moralism” in the works of J. G. Fichte (1762–1814; Idealism 5), who argued that it is the same as what philosophy is formally and idealistically (Wissenschaftslehre 2.6.196). Building on the teaching of I. Kant (1724–1804; Kantianism) and Fichte that the moral is autonomous (Autonomy 2), moralism is often taken to denote a morality that has no links to God or to the orders of creation but that, as practical reason, defines good and evil on its own. F. Nietzsche (1844–1900) criticized this type of moralism as an attempt to establish a new ethics after the collapse of …

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Hofmeister, Heimo, “Moralism”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 21 May 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_M842>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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