Altruism and Christian Ethics

Altruism and Christian Ethics

by Colin Grant
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521791448

ISBN-13: 9780521791441

Pub. Date: 01/01/2001

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Separated from its anchorage in religion, ethics has followed the social sciences in seeing human beings as fundamentally characterized by self-interest, so that altruism is either naively idealistic or arrogantly self-sufficient. Colin Grant contends that, as a modern secular concept, altruism is a parody on the self-giving love of Christianity, so that its

Overview

Separated from its anchorage in religion, ethics has followed the social sciences in seeing human beings as fundamentally characterized by self-interest, so that altruism is either naively idealistic or arrogantly self-sufficient. Colin Grant contends that, as a modern secular concept, altruism is a parody on the self-giving love of Christianity, so that its dismissal represents a social leveling that loses the depths that theology makes intelligible and religion makes possible. He argues that to dispense with altruism is to dispense with God and with the divine transformation of human possibilities.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521791441
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/01/2001
Series:
New Studies in Christian Ethics Series, #18
Pages:
286
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.87(d)
Lexile:
1500L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Part I. Alien Altruism: 1. Explanations for altruism; 2. Evidence of altruism; 3. The elusiveness of altruism; Part II. Ideal Altruism: 4. Contract altruism; 5. Constructed altruism; 6. Collegial altruism; Part III. Real Altruism: 7. Acute altruism: agape; 8. Absolute altruism; 9. Actual altruism.

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