Manners have a difficult position in current ethics. It is often assumed that manners simply follow the rules of convention and are of no further significance. This project intends to prove that this assumption is incorrect. By using examples from both Chinese and Western authors, the project will demonstrate that manners should be understood as an expression of respect, and are thus important to the field of ethics. Whether the rules of good manners can truly fulfill this role depends on current social relationships.
Anja Berninger studied philosophy, musicology and psychology in Bonn, Nanjing and Berlin. She received a scholarship from the German Academic Scholarship Foundation and from the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen and Halbach Foundation (China program). She completed her doctoral degree at the University of Stuttgart with the thesis “Gefühle und Gedanken. Entwurf einer adverbialen Emotionstheorie” and was awarded the prize for the best thesis from the Association of Friends of the University of Stuttgart.
About the series “Female Researchers at the University of Stuttgart”
This series was created by the Gender Equality Unit at the University of Stuttgart.