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Beyond Bumper Sticker Ethics

Steve Wilkens
Beyond Bumper Sticker Ethics
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Beyond Bumper Sticker Ethics

Steve Wilkens

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With this introductory text, Steve Wilkens takes a fresh, friendly approach to understanding and evaluating various ethical systems. Beginning each chapter with a "bumper sticker" slogan ("If it feels good, do it"; "God said it, I believe it, that settles it;" "When in Rome"), he then moves on to examine the complex questions, conclusions and assumptions that lie at its heart.

^^Wilkens acquaints students with the vast array of classic and contemporary approaches to ethics: cultural relativism, emotivism, behaviourism, hedonism, ethical egoism, atheistic existentialism, utilitarianism, categorical imperative, hierarchicalism, situation ethics, theistic existentialism, theological voluntarism, and natural law ethics. For each system, his thorough introduction explores its popular "bumper sticker" expression, its core assumptions and basic elements, the questions that give rise to it, and its strengths and weaknesses.

^^Students, professors and general readers will welcome Wilken's engaging text which simultaneously offers a well-rounded assessment of ethical systems and shows the relevance and prevalence of ethical ideas in daily life.
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About "Beyond Bumper Sticker Ethics"

With this introductory text, Steve Wilkens takes a fresh, friendly approach to understanding and evaluating various ethical systems. Beginning each chapter with a "bumper sticker" slogan ("If it feels good, do it"; "God said it, I believe it, that settles it;" "When in Rome"), he then moves on to examine the complex questions, conclusions and assumptions that lie at its heart.

^^Wilkens acquaints students with the vast array of classic and contemporary approaches to ethics: cultural relativism, emotivism, behaviourism, hedonism, ethical egoism, atheistic existentialism, utilitarianism, categorical imperative, hierarchicalism, situation ethics, theistic existentialism, theological voluntarism, and natural law ethics. For each system, his thorough introduction explores its popular "bumper sticker" expression, its core assumptions and basic elements, the questions that give rise to it, and its strengths and weaknesses.

^^Students, professors and general readers will welcome Wilken's engaging text which simultaneously offers a well-rounded assessment of ethical systems and shows the relevance and prevalence of ethical ideas in daily life.
-Publisher.


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Steve Wilkens (Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary) is professor of philosophy and ethics at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. He has also taught as an adjunct faculty member at Mount San Antonio College, Glendale Community College, Fuller Theological Seminary and Azusa Pacific University's C. P. Haggard Graduate School of Theology. His books includeGood Ideas from Questionable Christians and Outright Pagans,Christianity & Western Thought, Volume 2: Faith and Reason in the Nineteenth Century(coauthored with Alan Padgett) andBeyond Bumper Sticker Ethics. He is also coeditor with Paul Shrier and Ralph P. Martin ofChristian Calling, Christian College: Higher Education in the Service of the Church.
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Ideas have consequences. And sometimes those ideas can be squeezed in to slogans, slapped on bumper stickers and tweeted into cyberspace. These compact messages coming at us from all directions often compress in a few words entire ethical systems. It turns out that thereas a lot more to the ideas behind these slogans--ideas that need to be sorted out before we make important moral decisions as individuals or as societies.In this revised and expanded edition of Steve Wilkens's widely-used text, the author has updated his introductions to basic ethical systems:cultural relativismethical egoismutilitarianismbehaviorismsituation ethicsKantian ethicsvirtue ethicsnatural law ethicsdivine command theoryHe has also added two new chapters:evolutionary ethicsnarrative ethicsWith clarity and wit Wilkens unpacks the complicated ideas behind the slogans and offers Christian evaluations of each.
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Ideas have consequences. And sometimes those ideas can be squeezed in to slogans, slapped on bumper stickers and tweeted into cyberspace. These compact messages coming at us from all directions often compress in a few words entire ethical systems. It turns out that there’s a lot more to the ideas behind these slogans--ideas that need to be sorted out before we make important moral decisions as individuals or as societies. In this revised and expanded edition of Steve Wilkens's widely-used text, the author has updated his introductions to basic ethical systems:
  • cultural relativism
  • ethical egoism
  • utilitarianism
  • behaviorism
  • situation ethics
  • Kantian ethics
  • virtue ethics
  • natural law ethics
  • divine command theory
He has also added two new chapters:
  • evolutionary ethics
  • narrative ethics
With clarity and wit Wilkens unpacks the complicated ideas behind the slogans and offers Christian evaluations of each.

- Publisher

Meet the Author

Steve Wilkens

Steve Wilkens (Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary) is professor of theology and ethics at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. He has also taught as an adjunct faculty member at Mount San Antonio College, Glendale Community College, Fuller Theological Seminary and Azusa Pacific University's C. P. Haggard Graduate School of Theology.

His books include Good Ideas from Questionable Christians and Outright Pagans (2004), Christianity & Western Thought, Volume 2: Faith and Reason in the Nineteenth Century (co-authored with Alan Padgett, 2000); Beyond Bumper Sticker Ethics (1995) and Christianity & Western Thought, Volume 3: Journey to Postmodernity in the Twentieth Century. He is also coeditor with Paul Shrier and Ralph P. Martin of Christian Calling, Christian College: Higher Education in the Service of the Church (2005).

Table Of Contents

  • Preface And Acknowledgments
  • 1 Bumper Stickers And Ethical Systems
  • 2 When In Rome, Do As The Romans Do: Cultural Relativism
  • 3 Look Out For Number One: Ethical Egoism
  • 4 I Couldn’t Help Myself: Behaviorism
  • 5 Survival Of The (ethical) Fittest: Evolutionary Ethics
  • 6 The Greatest Happiness: Utilitarianism
  • 7 It’s Your Duty: Kantian Ethics
  • 8 Be Good: Virtue Ethics
  • 9 The Moral Of The Story Is . . . : Narrative Ethics
  • 10 All You Need Is Love: Situation Ethics
  • 11 Doing What Comes Naturally: Natural Law Ethics
  • 12 God Said It, I Believe It, That Settles It: Divine Command Theory
  • 13 Unraveling The Options
  • Notes

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  • Catalogue Code 315000
  • Product Code 9780830839360
  • ISBN 0830839364
  • EAN 9780830839360
  • Pages 230
  • Department Academic
  • Category Christian Worldview
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Intervarsity Press Usa
  • Publication Date Sep 2011
  • Sales Rank #59038
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 17 mm
  • Weight 0.340kg

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