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Moral Action & Christian Ethics

Jean Porter

Moral Action & Christian Ethics

Jean Porter

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How do we determine whether an action is right or wrong? Until recently, philosophers assumed that this question could be answered by means of a theory of morality, which set forth clearly established rules for moral behaviour. More recently, however, a number of philosophers have challenged a theory of morality in this sense. Porter is sympathetic to their criticisms but questions whether they go far enough in offering a positive alternative to a modern view of the moral act. She argues that the work of Aquinas offers an alternative account of moral rationality, in terms of which moral reasoning is understood as dialectical rather than deductive, and questions are resolved in a wider context of ethical thought. Aquinas's account of the moral virtues and prudence is seen to offer unexpected insights into the relationship between moral rules and the practice of the virtues, thus contributing to our own moral reflection.

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- Publisher How do we decide whether an action is right or wrong? Recently, moral philosophers have moved away from the claim that we can find one definite solution to every moral problem by means of clearly established moral rules. While sympathetic to their critiques of modern moral theories, Porter questions whether these critiques go far enough in offering a positive alternative to a modern view of the moral act. Instead, she returns to Aquinas, and seeks to reclaim his understanding of the moral act as a product of interdependent moral virtues.

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How do we determine whether an action is right or wrong? Until recently, philosophers assumed that this question could be answered by means of a theory of morality, which set forth clearly established rules for moral behaviour. More recently, however, a number of philosophers have challenged a theory of morality in this sense. Porter is sympathetic to their criticisms but questions whether they go far enough in offering a positive alternative to a modern view of the moral act. She argues that the work of Aquinas offers an alternative account of moral rationality, in terms of which moral reasoning is understood as dialectical rather than deductive, and questions are resolved in a wider context of ethical thought. Aquinas's account of the moral virtues and prudence is seen to offer unexpected insights into the relationship between moral rules and the practice of the virtues, thus contributing to our own moral reflection.
- Publisher

'This is an impressive study. The scholarship is faultless, the text elegantly written and the argument compelling.' Theology
- Publisher

How do we decide whether an action is right or wrong? Recently, moral philosophers have moved away from the claim that we can find one definite solution to every moral problem by means of clearly established moral rules. While sympathetic to their critiques of modern moral theories, Porter questions whether these critiques go far enough in offering a positive alternative to a modern view of the moral act. Instead, she returns to Aquinas, and seeks to reclaim his understanding of the moral act as a product of interdependent moral virtues.
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Meet the Author

Jean Porter

Jean Porter is John A. O'Brien Professor of Moral Theology at the University of Notre Dame. She is also the author of Moral Action and Christian Ethics (Cambridge).

Table Of Contents

  • General Editor's Preface
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • 1. The Moral Act, Moral Theory, And The Logical Limits Of Rules
  • 2. The Meaning Of Morality
  • 3. Moral Judgement In Context
  • 4. Moral Acts And Acts Of Virtue
  • 5. The Virtues Reformulated
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index.

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Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 168163
  • Product Code 0521657105
  • EAN 9780521657105
  • Pages 254
  • Department Academic
  • Category Christian Worldview
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Cambridge University Uk
  • Publication Date Mar 1999
  • Dimensions 216 x 140 x 15 mm
  • Weight 0.380kg

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