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Proportionalism : The American Debate and Its European Roots - Bernard Hoose


The American Debate and Its European Roots

Paperback Published: 1st October 1987
ISBN: 9780878404551
Number Of Pages: 159
For Ages: 22+ years old

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One of the most heated debates in recent times among Christian ethicians has been over what has come to be called "proportionalism." Opponents have argued that proportionalists are intent on relativizing theology norms and theh concept of intrinsic evil. Proponents, on the other hand, argue that they are merely developing a traditional notion of proportion of reason. Bernard Hoose puts this debate in context by showing its roots in the writings of European moral theologians and its flowering in the writings of their American colleagues. He uncovers a number of confusions that have bedeviled the argument while revealing how important the issues are for establishing in coherent Christian ethics in the twentieth century.

Prefacep. ix
How It Beganp. 1
A Start but not a Startp. 1
A New Beginning Made Possiblep. 5
Problems for the Moral Theologiansp. 5
Attempts to Deal with the Problemsp. 9
New Ideas about the Magisteriump. 13
New Thought on the Specificity of Christian Ethicsp. 15
New Thought on the Natural Lawp. 17
A New Beginningp. 27
Conclusions to Be Drawnp. 37
The Moral Goodness Moral Rightness Distinctionp. 41
Moral Rightness and Moral Goodness in the Early Contributions to the Debatep. 42
Moral Rightness and Goodness in Later European Worksp. 45
American Proportionalists and the Rightness/Goodness Distinctionp. 49
The Rightness/Goodness Distinction in the Antiproportionalism Camp in the United Statesp. 53
What Lies behind the Confusion?p. 57
Conclusions to Be Drawnp. 62
The Teleology/Deontology Distinctionp. 69
What Did the Philosophers Say?p. 69
Where Does Proportionalism Fit in?p. 75
Consequentialism or Proportionalism?p. 76
Calculating Proportionp. 81
Are Deontological Norms Needed for Questions of Justice?p. 91
Teleology, Deontology and Theological Traditionp. 93
Conclusionsp. 95
The Direct/Indirect Distinctionp. 101
Intrinsic Evilp. 106
The Importance of the Direct/Indirect Distinction for Some Opponents of Proportionalismp. 113
Some Counterarguments from the Proportionalist Campp. 118
Disagreement within the Proportionalist Campp. 121
Comments and Conclusionsp. 128
Conclusions to Be Drawn and Comments to Be Madep. 137
Bibliographyp. 145
Indexp. 155
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ISBN: 9780878404551
ISBN-10: 0878404554
Series: Proportionalism
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 159
Published: 1st October 1987
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.02
Weight (kg): 0.26

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