9780830839360

Beyond Bumper Sticker Ethics: An Introduction to Theories of Right and Wrong

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    9780830839360

  • ISBN10:

    0830839364

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 9/30/2011
  • Publisher: Intervarsity Pr

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Summary

Ideas have consequences. And sometimes those ideas can be squeezed in to slogans, slapped on bumper stickers and tweeted into cyberspace. These compact messages coming at us from all directions often compress in a few words entire ethical systems. It turns out that there's a lot more to the ideas behind these slogans--ideas that need to be sorted out before we make important moral decisions as individuals or as societies.In this revised and expanded edition of Steve Wilkens's widely-used text, the author has updated his introductions to basic ethical systems:cultural relativismethical egoismutilitarianismbehaviorismsituation ethicsKantian ethicsvirtue ethicsnatural law ethicsdivine command theoryHe has also added two new chapters:evolutionary ethicsnarrative ethicsWith clarity and wit Wilkens unpacks the complicated ideas behind the slogans and offers Christian evaluations of each.

Author Biography

Steve Wilkens (Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary) is professor of theology and ethics at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. His books include Hidden Worldviews (coauthored with Mark L. Sanford) and two volumes in Christianity Western Thought (coauthored with Alan G. Padgett).

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Bumper Stickers and Ethical Systemsp. 11
When in Rome, Do as the Romans Do
Cultural Relativismp. 28
Look Out for Number One
Ethical Egoismp. 43
I Couldn't Help Myself
Behaviorismp. 59
Survival of the (Ethical) Fittest
Evolutionary Ethicsp. 77
The Greatest Happiness
Utilitarianismp. 97
It's Your Duty
Kantian Ethicsp. 113
Be Good
Virtue Ethicsp. 129
The Moral of the Story Is
Narrative Ethicsp. 147
All You Need Is Love
Situation Ethicsp. 164
Doing What Comes Naturally
Natural Law Ethicsp. 178
God Said It, I Believe It, That Settles It
Divine Command Theoryp. 196
Unraveling the Optionsp. 213
Notesp. 223
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