Beyond Bumper Sticker Ethics: An Introduction to Theories of Right and Wrong / Edition 2

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Overview

Ideas have consequences. And sometimes those ideas can be squeezed into slogans, slapped on bumper stickers and tweeted into cyberspace. These compact messages coming at us from all directions often compress in a few words entire ethical systems. It turns out that there's a lot more to the ideas behind these slogans--ideas that need to be sorted out before we make important moral decisions as individuals or as societies.

In this revised and expanded edition of Steve Wilkens's widely-used text, the author has updated his introductions to basic ethical systems:

cultural relativismethical egoismutilitarianismbehaviorismsituation ethicsKantian ethicsvirtue ethicsnatural law ethicsdivine command theory

He has also added two new chapters:

evolutionary ethicsnarrative ethics

With clarity and wit Wilkens unpacks the complicated ideas behind the slogans and offers Christian evaluations of each.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830839360
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 8/4/2011
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 242
  • Sales rank: 133,027
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Wilkens (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is professor of philosophy and ethics at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. He has also taught as an adjunct faculty member at Mount San Antonio College, Glendale Community College, Fuller Theological Seminary and Azusa Pacific University's C. P. Haggard Graduate School of Theology.

His books include Hidden Worldviews, Christianity & Western Thought, Volume 2: Faith and Reason in the Nineteenth Century (coauthored with Alan Padgett) and Beyond Bumper Sticker Ethics. He is also coeditor with Paul Shrier and Ralph P. Martin of Christian Calling, Christian College: Higher Education in the Service of the Church.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
1 Bumper Stickers and Ethical Systems
2 When in Rome, Do as the Romans Do: Cultural Relativism
3 Look Out for Number One: Ethical Egoism
4 I Couldn't Help Myself: Behaviorism
5 Survival of the (Ethical) Fittest: Evolutionary Ethics
6 The Greatest Happiness: Utilitarianism
7 It's Your Duty: Kantian Ethics
8 Be Good: Virtue Ethics
9 The Moral of the Story Is . . . : Narrative Ethics
10 All You Need Is Love: Situation Ethics
11 Doing What Comes Naturally: Natural Law Ethics
12 God Said It, I Believe It, That Settles It: Divine Command Theory
13 Unraveling the Options
Notes
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