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Humility and Human Flourishing: A Study in Analytic Moral Theology

ISBN : 9780198830221

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Author: 
Michael W. Austin
Pages
256 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
138 x 216 mm
Pub date
Oct 2018
Series
Oxford Studies in Analytic Theology
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In many Christian traditions, humility is often thought to play a central role in the moral and spiritual life. In this study of the moral virtue of humility, Michael W. Austin applies the methods of analytic philosophy to the field of moral theology in order analyze this virtue and its connections to human flourishing. The book is therefore best characterized as a work in analytic moral theology, and has two primary aims. First, it articulates and defends a particular Christian conception of the virtue of humility. It offers a Christological account of this trait, one that is grounded in the gospel accounts of the life of Christ as well as other key New Testament passages. The view of humility it offers and defends is biblically grounded, theologically informed, and philosophically sound. Second, the volume describes ways in which humility is constitutive of and conducive to human flourishing, Christianly understood. It argues that humility is rational, benefits its possessor, and contributes to its possessor being good qua human. Austin also examines several issues in applied virtue ethics. He considers some of the ways in which humility is relevant to several of the classic spiritual disciplines, such as prayer, fasting, solitude, silence, and service. He considers humility's relevance to issues related to religious pluralism and tolerance. Finally, the book concludes with a discussion of the relevance of humility for family life and how it can function as a virtue in the context of sport.

Index: 

1 Philosophy, Theology, and Christian Virtue
2 A Christian Account of Humility
3 Theological and Philosophical Objections
4 Humility and Human Flourishing
5 Contemporary Applications
6 Conclusion: Summary and a Brief Reflection on John 13
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About the author: 

Michael W. Austin is Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Eastern Kentucky University. His research and teaching interests focus on ethics, both normative and applied, with a particular focus on virtue ethics and character development. His publications include Conceptions of Parenthood: Ethics and the Family (2007) and Being Good: Christian Virtues for Everyday Life (2012).

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