Living the Truth: A Theory of Action

Living the Truth: A Theory of Action

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Overview

How is moral theology related to pastoral theology? In this first English translation of Living the Truth, Klaus Demmer answers this question by offering a complete theory of action. Its crucial element is truthfulness, which Demmer claims is a basic attitude that must be translated concretely into our individual decisions. Demmer demonstrates that the demand for truthfulness offers a critical corrective to the usual praxis whereby ethical norms are formulated. This has significant consequences for every area of ethical directives, including questions about celibacy and partnerships.

Demmer moves away from the act-centered morality that dominates the neo-Scholastic manuals of moral theology. His concern is to show how our actions embody and carry out a more original anthropological project. Not only does this anthropological project condition our insights into goods and values, it provides the criteria by which our actions are judged morally. This book will be welcomed by all who are looking for ethical norms, and by all whose task it is to formulate such norms.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781589016972
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Publication date: 06/14/2010
Series: Moral Traditions Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Klaus Demmer, MSC is a member of the Order of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart. From 1970 to 2003 he was a professor of moral theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He has published over twenty-five books on moral theology and is considered the foremost European moral theologian of his generation.

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In understanding Demmer better, we may also better understand ourselves and our horizons.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Introduction 1

Chapter 1

I The Existential-Historical Form of Thought 6

II The Theological-Anthropological Form of Thought 11

III God's Action and Human Action 17

Chapter 2

I Person and Personality 26

II Standing Firm in the Truth 40

III Moral Theology-A School of Truthfulness 60

Chapter 3

I Truthfulness as the Basic Attitude of the Ethical Personality 85

II Untruthfulness as a Source of Personal Disintegration 104

III The Principal Features of a Metaphysics of Ethical Action 118

Conclusion 149

Bibliography 151

Index 157

What People are Saying About This

Stephen J. Pope

Klaus Demmer's Living the Truth is the signature work of one of the most influential Catholic moral theologians of the last fifty years. His central concern with freedom, truthfulness, and the 'ethical praxis' of Christian life will enrich English-speaking moral theology as it has already shaped the European. This carefully argued analysis of moral agency ought to be read by every moral theologian.

From the Publisher

"In this book, English-speaking moral theologians for the first time have access to the very influential hermeneutical ethical method of one of Europe's foremost moral theologians. . . . a veritable mind opener."—Charles E. Curran, Elizabeth Scurlock University Professor of Human Values, Southern Methodist University

"Klaus Demmer's Living the Truth is the signature work of one of the most influential Catholic moral theologians of the last fifty years. His central concern with freedom, truthfulness, and the 'ethical praxis' of Christian life will enrich English-speaking moral theology as it has already shaped the European. This carefully argued analysis of moral agency ought to be read by every moral theologian."—Stephen J. Pope, Boston College

Charles E. Curran

In this book, English-speaking moral theologians for the first time have access to the very influential hermeneutical ethical method of one of Europe's foremost moral theologians. . . . a veritable mind opener.

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