The Seductiveness of Virtue Hardback

Abraham Joshua Heschel and John Paul II on Morality and Personal Fulfilment

by John J. Fitzgerald

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The Seductiveness of Virtue

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John J. Fitzgerald addresses here one of life's enduring questions - how to achieve personal fulfilment and whether we can do so through ethical conduct. He focuses on two significant 20th-century theologians: Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and Pope John Paul II, seeing both as fitting dialogue partners - given the former's influence on the Second Vatican Council's deliberations on the Jews, and the latter's groundbreaking overtures to the Jews in the wake of his experiences in Poland before and during World War II. Fitzgerald demonstrates that Heschel and John Paul II generally suggest that doing good leads us toward various components of personal fulfilment, such as happiness, meaning of life, and freedom. There are, however, some key differences between the two theologians - John Paul II emphasizes the relationship between acting well and attaining eternal life, whereas Heschel wrestles more openly with the possibility that religious commitment ultimately involves anxiety and sadness.
By examining historical and contemporary analyses, such as the work of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, the philosopher Peter Singer, and the field of positive psychology, Fitzgerald builds a narrative that shows the promise and limitations of Heschel's and John Paul II views.

The Seductiveness of Virtue by John J. Fitzgerald was published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC in April 2016. The ISBN for The Seductiveness of Virtue is 9780567657008.

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Details for The Seductiveness of Virtue

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC (April 2016)
Number of Pages192
Thickness18 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4356544
Page last updated 1st October 2018
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