Reframing Catholic Theological Ethics

ISBN : 9780198815129

Joseph A. Selling
272 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Jan 2018
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The Second Vatican Council (1962-65) called for a fundamental renewal of Catholic theological ethics. That project, however, has not been realized primarily because of the strong defence of a normative, act-centred understanding of morality defended by Pope Paul VI and his successor, Pope John Paul II. Reframing Theological Ethics aims to overcome that impasse by arguing for a change in the method of ethical reasoning, emphasizing the replacement of the norm of natural law with that of the human person, integrally and adequately considered, and elaborating an innovative theory of virtue. The paradigm of complementary virtues presented in this book is developed for the first time and allows the ethicist to flesh out the meaning and contours of the ends or goals of ethical living and decision-making. The study concludes with suggestions about how this approach may converge with the insights of normative ethics and achieve the renewal called for fifty years ago.


Introduction; 1 The Crisis in Ethical Method; 2 A Theology for Theological Ethics'; 3 Thomas Aquinas: The First Christian Ethicist?; 4 From Trent to Vatican II; 5 The Fundamental Norm of Morality and the Human Person; 6 Seeking the End: A Fresh Look at the Concept of Virtue; 7 Framing Ethical Behaviour; 8 Toward a Convergence of Method; Appendices; Bibliography; Index

About the author: 

Joseph A. Selling is Emeritus Professor of Theological Ethics at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

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