MUST ETHICS BE THEOLOGICAL? A CRITIQUE OF THE NEW PRAGMATISTS
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.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Department of Languages, Philosophy, and Speech CommunicationUtah State UniversityLogan, UT 84322435.797.1244, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Publication date: December 1, 2009