Between 1906 and 1913, Adolf Reinach wrote a considerable amount on the subject of ethics. Some of his work on that subject was published during his lifetime, while other parts survive only as transcripts from his lectures. This compilation brings together three pieces of work by Reinach dealing with ethics, published in English translation for the first time. The first of these pieces, a short paper from 1906 on ‘basic concepts of ethics’, shows Reinach’s early interest in developing a phenomenological ethics based on more than just the experience of values. The second, an article on ‘the ethical and legal significance of reflection’ published in 1912-3, has Reinach discuss the experience of reflection (Überlegung) as a problem for both ethics and for certain sections of the contemporaneous criminal law. The third piece, excerpted from Reinach’s ‘introduction to philosophy’ lecture course of 1913, contains a series of discussions on existing moral theories and Reinach’s own work towards a phenomenological ethics.
The compilation also contains an introduction discussing Reinach’s work in ethics in its philosophical context. Detailed outlines of the three translated texts and their arguments are included with this introduction.