Justice in Love

Justice in Love

by Nicholas Wolterstorff
     
 

An eminent Christian philosopher's thought on the relation between love and justice

The concepts of love and justice have long been prominent in the moral culture of the West, yet they are often considered to be hopelessly at odds with one another. In this book acclaimed Christian philosopher Nicholas Wolterstorff shows that justice and love are indeed perfectly

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An eminent Christian philosopher's thought on the relation between love and justice

The concepts of love and justice have long been prominent in the moral culture of the West, yet they are often considered to be hopelessly at odds with one another. In this book acclaimed Christian philosopher Nicholas Wolterstorff shows that justice and love are indeed perfectly compatible, and he argues that the commonly perceived tension between them reveals something faulty in our understanding of each. True benevolent love, he says, is always attentive to justice, and love that wreaks injustice can only ever be “malformed love.”

Charitably engaging alternative views, Wolterstorff's Justice in Love is a welcome companion and follow-up volume to his magnificent Justice: Rights and Wrongs (Princeton, 2010). profound new paths of philosophical inquiry. As opposed to his expansive discussion of justice in that earlier work, this book focuses in profound new ways on the relation between justice and love.

“Nicholas Wolterstorff's Justice: Rights and Wrongs is a magisterial book. In it and in its smaller forthcoming companion volume Justice and Love, Wolterstorff has gotten justice right. This, in case the thrust of my terse comment wasn't plain enough, is very high praise.”
-- Miroslav Volf in Books and Culture

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802866158
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date:
05/03/2011
Pages:
306
Sales rank:
1,062,760
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Chapter 1 Introduction 1

Part 1 Benevolence-Agapism

Chapter 2 Modern Day Agapism 21

Chapter 3 Classical Modern Day Agapism on the Relation of Love to Justice 41

Chapter 4 Irony and Impossibility in Classical Modern Day Agapism 50

Chapter 5 Niebuhr's Non-Classical Agapism 62

Part 2 Care-Agapism

Chapter 6 Justice as Love 75

Chapter 7 What Is Justice? 85

Chapter 8 Beginning to Rethink Love 93

Chapter 9 Love as Care 101

Chapter 10 Do Motivations Matter? 110

Chapter 11 Rules of Application for Care 119

Chapter 12 Correcting Two Impressions 134

Chapter 13 Is Care-Agapism Too Easy? 139

Chapter 14 Love, Justice, and the Good 142

Part 3 Just and Unjust Love

Chapter 15 What Is Forgiveness? 161

Chapter 16 How the Recognition of Forgiveness Came about and What's Its Point? 178

Chapter 17 Does Forgiveness Violate Justice? 191

Chapter 18 Just and Unjust Generosity 207

Chapter 19 Just and Unjust Paternalism 221

Part 4 The Justice of God's Love

Chapter 20 The Justice of God's Generosity in Romans 243

Chapter 21 What Is Justification and Is It Just? 257

Index 283

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