The Moral Life: Eight Lectures (Paperback)

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The Moral Life: Eight Lectures (Paperback)


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A profound inquiry into what prompts human beings to act morally

Most foundational texts on theological ethics address either the person or society. In The Moral Life, James F. Keenan, SJ, posits that these two are inextricably linked. He presents eight stages of preparing for the moral life, describing vulnerability as the foundation for contemporary ethics. He understands vulnerability to be what establishes the human capacity for recognizing and responding to others rather than a compromised state of being. Mutual recognition emerges as the first moral act of the vulnerable human. He shows how conscience guides the activity of one who has first vulnerably recognized others.

The Moral Life offers scholars and students of Christian ethics a novel perspective on what we need to know not only to be and live morally but also to teach and share with others what they need to know.

James F. Keenan, SJ, Canisius Professor of Theology, director of the Jesuit Institute, and vice provost of global engagement at Boston College. He founded Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church, an international network of ethicists. He also received the John Courtney Murray Lifetime Achievement Award from the Catholic Theological Society of America and is the past president of the Society of Christian Ethics. He has published a number of books, including A History of Catholic Theological Ethics (2022), and is the founding editor of Georgetown University Press's Moral Traditions Series.
Product Details ISBN: 9781647124007
ISBN-10: 164712400X
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Publication Date: January 2nd, 2024
Pages: 192
Language: English