Living the Truth: A Theory of Action

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How is moral theology related to ordinary human life? 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, but Demmer understands truthfulness in the context of our ordinary lives. Still, this is no easy familiar ground. Demmer, long an advocate of hermeneutical theory, demonstrates that the demand for truthfulness offers a critical corrective to the usual praxis whereby honest moral action is ...

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Overview

How is moral theology related to ordinary human life? 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, but Demmer understands truthfulness in the context of our ordinary lives. Still, this is no easy familiar ground. Demmer, long an advocate of hermeneutical theory, demonstrates that the demand for truthfulness offers a critical corrective to the usual praxis whereby honest moral action is determined. In both the formulation of moral norms and in the right understanding of those norms, Demmer insists that to find the right we need to always appreciate the historical context in which we live and act. This has significant consequences for the life decisions that we make.

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589016972
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press
  • Publication date: 6/14/2010
  • Series: Moral Traditions Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 811,168
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet 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." -- from the foreword by James F. Keenan, SJ

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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

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