ISBN-10:
1625643640
ISBN-13:
9781625643643
Pub. Date:
11/06/2014
Publisher:
Wipf & Stock Publishers
Ethics and the Autonomy of Philosophy

Ethics and the Autonomy of Philosophy

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Overview

In Ethics and the Autonomy of Philosophy, Bernard Walker sets out with two objectives. First, Walker argues that ethics is autonomous as a discipline. Oftentimes ethics books, from a Christian perspective, lean toward grounding ethics in theology or in biblical proof texting. Walker departs from this tradition. Ethics grounded in theology entails a limited scope for those doing ethics in that the Christian God must be assumed for both Christian and non-Christian when at the table of ethical dialogue. For the non-Christian, this loads the dice and shuts down ethical consensus and dialogue, if not ethical truth. With that said, this book does not depart from Christian ethical views on such issues as the sanctity of life, antiracism, the death penalty, the objectivity of ethics, and the importance of integrating faith into ethics; however, Walker does so from a common denominator of philosophy rather than theology.
Second, Walker ventures into the streets and engages the man/woman on the streets approach to ethics and ethical decision-making. He points out the shortcomings of the ubiquitous views of the man/woman on the streets, viz., cultural relativism, skepticism, and the attitude that ethics is merely a matter of personal choice.


""There is today a resurgence of interest in philosophical and theological issues concerning God and morality, and in this important work Bernard Walker examines a cluster of complex and controversial questions at the heart of the debate. Written by a philosopher who is also a committed Christian, this book will stimulate you to consider some familiar issues in fresh ways and to explore more deeply the relation between God, Scripture, and moral principles.""
--Harold Netland, Director of Religion and Intercultural Studies, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL

""This is a bold and ambitious volume on ethics that is comprehensive in scope, unique in content, and full of significant insights. Even those who disagree with Walker's approach will benefit greatly from his discussion of such topics as pop ethics, epistemic myopia, and the role of philosophy and Scripture in the relationship between religion and ethics. Intended as a companion to an introduction to ethics text, it deserves a most wide readership.""
--David Nah, Associate Professor of Theology, Bethel Seminary St. Paul, St. Paul, MN

""Walker offers an introductory ethics textbook from a broadly Christian perspective, without reducing philosophy to theology. He touches on a wide range of controversial ethical issues and takes exception to the published views of various Christian philosophers on ethics. Readers will find an abundance of examples that prompt lively discussion of ethical topics and the relevance of a Christian perspective on morality.""
--Paul K. Moser, Professor and Chairperson, Department of Philosophy, Loyola, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL


Bernard James Walker is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Ethics in the College of Adult and Professional Studies at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781625643643
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 11/06/2014
Pages: 322
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Bernard James Walker is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Ethics in the College of Adult and Professional Studies at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

1 A Deconstruction of Pop Ethics: A Discussion of the Ethical Views of the Man of the Streets (MOTS) 1

2 Ethics and Epistemic Myopia: Its Nature, Its Sources, and Its Cures 23

3 A Construction of Formal Ethics: Reflections on the Phrases Moral Facts, Good, Right, Bad, Wrong, Inappropriate, Rude and Offensive; and Reflection on the Implications of the Word Ought 55

4 Reflections on the Varieties of Normative Ethics: Discerning What We Ought to Do and How We Ought to Be 74

5 Swimming through the Murky Waters of Ethics Mixed with Religion: A Discussion of the Ways Religion Does and Does Not Import an Influence on Ethics 134

6 Taking Sides on Some Polemic Social Issues in Applied Ethics: Affirmative Action, the Death Penalty, and Abortion 180

Appendix 269

Bibliography 293

Scripture Index 299

Subject Index 301

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