If you are experiencing problems downloading PDF or HTML fulltext, our helpdesk recommend clearing your browser cache and trying again. If you need help in clearing your cache, please click here . Still need help? Email help@ingentaconnect.com

MUST ETHICS BE THEOLOGICAL? A CRITIQUE OF THE NEW PRAGMATISTS

$48.00 plus tax (Refund Policy)

Download / Buy Article:

Abstract:

ABSTRACT

In the last decade there has been a pragmatic turn in the work of those doing Christian ethics, especially as represented by the work of Jeffrey Stout and Franklin Gamwell. The pragmatic turn represents a critique of the highly influential work of Stanley Hauerwas and Alasdair MacIntyre, which argues for a strongly intra-church ethics. The pragmatists are correct in arguing that Christian ethics must engage the public sphere. However, I argue that they are deeply mistaken in their claim that this engagement must rest on a weak or non-existent theology. I show that the claim that robust theology adds nothing to ethics, and that we can get along without it, is unsustainable.

Keywords: abortion; communitarians; end-of-life care; forced birth control; human good; knowledge; liberal regimes; life extension; metaphysics; narrative theology; natural law; pragmatism; truth

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9795.2009.00405.x

Affiliations: Department of Languages, Philosophy, and Speech CommunicationUtah State UniversityLogan, UT 84322435.797.1244, Email: richard.sherlock@usu.edu

Publication date: December 1, 2009

Related content

Tools

Favourites

Share Content

Access Key

Free Content
Free content
New Content
New content
Open Access Content
Open access content
Subscribed Content
Subscribed content
Free Trial Content
Free trial content
Cookie Policy
X
Cookie Policy
ingentaconnect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more