Moral Action and Christian Ethics Paperback

by Jean Porter (University of Notre Dame, Indiana);

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Moral Action and Christian Ethics

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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.

Moral Action and Christian Ethics by Jean Porter (University of Notre Dame, Indiana) was published by Cambridge University Press in March 1999 and is our 65255th best seller. The ISBN for Moral Action and Christian Ethics is 9780521657105.

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Details for Moral Action and Christian Ethics

Page last updated 22nd December 2015
Author / Artist
Book Formatpaperback
PublisherCambridge University Press (March 1999)
EditionNew edition
Number of Pages254
Thickness15 mm
Height216 mm
Width138 mm
Product Code26951
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