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Feminist Ethics and Natural Law : The End of the Anathemas - Cristina L. H. Traina

Feminist Ethics and Natural Law

The End of the Anathemas

Paperback Published: 28th April 1999
ISBN: 9780878407279
Number Of Pages: 416
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Heated debates over such issues as abortion, contraception, ordination, and Church hierarchy suggest that feminist and natural law ethics are diametrically opposed. Cristina L.H. Traina now reexamines both Roman Catholic natural law tradition and Anglo-American feminist ethics and reconciles the two positions by showing how some of their aims and assumptions complement one another.

After carefully scrutinizing Aquinas's moral theology, she analyzes trends in both contemporary feminist ethics, theological as well as secular, and twentieth-century Roman Catholic moral theology. Although feminist ethics reject many of the methods and conclusions of the scholastic and revisionist natural law schools, Traina shows that a truly Thomistic natural law ethic nonetheless provides a much-needed holistic foundation for contemporary feminist ethics. On the other hand, she offers new perspectives on the writings of Josef Fuchs, Richard McCormick, and Gustavo Gutierrez, arguing that their failure to catch the full spirit of Thomas's moral vision is due to inadequate attention to feminist critical methods.

This highly original book proposes an innovative union of two supposedly antagonistic schools of thought, a new feminist natural law that would yield more comprehensive moral analysis than either existing tradition alone. This is a provocative book not only for students of moral theology but also for feminists who may object to the very notion of natural law ethics, suggesting how each might find insight in an unlikely place.

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
What Ails Feminist Ethicsp. 1
Alternatives to Deconstructionismp. 7
Natural Lawp. 10
Further Grounding for Natural Law Feminismp. 12
The Shape of the Argumentp. 17
Notesp. 19
The Shape of Feminist Moral Discoursep. 24
One View of the Feminist Landscapep. 25
Knowing and Beingp. 39
Notesp. 48
Thomas and the Natural Lawp. 56
Theological Anthropology and the Natural Lawp. 58
Natural Law and Practical Moral Reasonp. 63
Virtue and Integrityp. 75
Natural Law and Social Thoughtp. 80
Human Nature and Human Endsp. 85
Notesp. 86
Natural Law Since Thomasp. 100
Casuistryp. 102
Personalismp. 106
Social Justice and Liberationp. 114
The Magisterium and Christian Absolutismp. 119
The Christian and the Humanp. 122
The Marks of Contemporary Natural Lawp. 126
Notesp. 131
Critical Principles for Feminist Ethicsp. 140
Methodp. 141
Procedurep. 144
Contentp. 147
Bases for Conversation with Natural Lawp. 150
Feminism as Internal Critiquep. 158
Applying the Criteriap. 161
Notesp. 162
Josef Fuchs and Individual Integrityp. 169
Good People and Right Actsp. 170
Transcendental Personalismp. 173
Theological Anthropology and the Natural Lawp. 178
Christianly Human and Humanely Christianp. 188
Contributions and Criticismsp. 190
Notesp. 195
Richard A. McCormick and Practical Moral Reasonp. 203
Proportionalismp. 204
Theological Anthropology and the Natural Lawp. 217
Truth, Authority, and Interpretationp. 220
Faith and Religion Versus Morality and Reasonp. 224
McCormick's Success as an Integrative Thinkerp. 228
Notesp. 235
Gustavo Gutierrez and Social Solidarityp. 246
Gutierrez's Theological Methodp. 246
Theological Anthropologyp. 252
Religion and Reasonp. 259
Gutierrez as a Natural Law Theologianp. 263
Gutierrez's Success as an Integrative Thinkerp. 267
Contributionsp. 271
Criticismsp. 276
Notesp. 279
Feminism and an Adequate Contemporary Natural Lawp. 288
Adequacy to Thomasp. 288
Adequacy to the Post-Thomistic Natural Law Traditionp. 290
Adequacy to Feminist Criteriap. 297
Bridging Other Gaps: Grounds for Norms and Social Ethicsp. 309
Notesp. 312
From Feminist Critique to Feminist Ethicp. 315
The Possibility of Prophecy: The Fate of Universal Claims in a Pluralistic Agep. 320
Natural Law Feminism in Action: Two Examplesp. 322
Notesp. 335
Bibliographyp. 339
Indexp. 371
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ISBN: 9780878407279
ISBN-10: 0878407278
Series: Moral Traditions and Moral Arguments Series
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 28th April 1999
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.53