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Natural Law and Moral Inquiry : Ethics, Metaphysics, and Politics in the Thought of Germain Grisez - Robert P. George

Natural Law and Moral Inquiry

Ethics, Metaphysics, and Politics in the Thought of Germain Grisez

Paperback Published: 1st March 1998
ISBN: 9780878406746
Number Of Pages: 296
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Germain Grisez has been a leading voice in moral philosophy and theology since the Second Vatican Council. In this book, such major thinkers as John Finnis, Ralph McInerny, and William E. May consider issues in ethics, metaphysics, and politics that have been central to Grisez's work.

Grisez's reconsideration of the philosophical foundations of Christian moral teaching, seeking to eliminate both legalistic interpretation and theological dissent, has won the support of a number of leading Catholic moralists. In the past decade, moreover, many philosophers outside of Catholicism have weighed carefully Grisez's alternatives to theories that have long dominated secular moral philosophy.

This book presents a broad spectrum of viewpoints on subjects ranging from contraception to capital punishment and considers such controversies as the scriptural basis of Grisez's work his interpretations of Aquinas, and his new natural law theory. The collection includes not only contributions from Grisez's supporters but also from critics of his thought, from proportionalist Edward Collins Vacek, SJ, to the neo-Thomist Ralph McInerny. A reply by Grisez, written with Joseph M. Boyle Jr., addresses the issues and viewpoints expressed, while an afterword by Russell Shaw reviews Grisez's pioneering work and conveys a vivid sense of the philosopher's personality.

As Grisez's influence grows, this volume will serve as an important touchstone on his contributions to moral and political philosophy and theology.

This volume of papers admirably succeeds in revealing the subtlety, power, and depth of Grisez's moral thoeolgy. National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly

Introductionp. vii
Ethicsp. 1
Germain Grisez on Moral Principles and Moral Norms: Natural and Christianp. 3
The Scriptural Basis of Grisez's Revision of Moral Theologyp. 36
Contraception Again--A Conclusion in Search of Convincing Arguments: One Proportionalist's [Mis?] Understanding of a Textp. 50
Portia's Lament: Reflections on Practical Reasonp. 82
Metaphysicsp. 105
Practical Reason and Concrete Actsp. 107
Human Beings Are Animalsp. 135
Politicsp. 153
No Intentional Killing Whatsoever: The Case of Capital Punishmentp. 155
Public Good: The Specifically Political Common Good in Aquinasp. 174
A Reply by Germain Grisez and Joseph M. Boyle, Jr.p. 211
Response to Our Critics and Our Collaboratorsp. 213
Afterwordp. 239
Pioneering the Renewal in Moral Theologyp. 241
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ISBN: 9780878406746
ISBN-10: 0878406743
Series: Natural Law and Moral Inquiry
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 1st March 1998
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.36