Modern, scientific, man doesn't see miracles, only odd phenomena that call out for more thorough study. Ethics, like the miraculous, doesn't defy scientific explanation; it just doesn't exist. In what follows I hope to do two things., On the one hand, I want to embrace Wittgenstein's rejection of ethics as theory, in the sense of a systematic body of knowledge about the world. On the other, I hope to suggest that this rejection opens up conceptual space for understanding ethics as a critical human enterprise.
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Davis, G. Scott. "Wittgenstein and the Recovery of Virtue." In Grammar and Grace: Reformations of Aquinas and Wittgenstein, edited by Jeffery Stout and Robert MacSwain, 175-96. London: SCM Press, 2004.