Love, Power, and Justice: Ontological Analysis and Ethical Applications / Edition 1

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This book presents Paul Tillich at his very best—brief, clear, stimulating, provocative. Speaking with understanding and force, he makes a basic analysis of love, power, and justice, all concepts fundamental in the mutual relations of people, of social groups, and of humankind to God. His concern is to penetrate to the essential, or ontological foundation of the meaning of each of these words and thus save them from the vague talk, idealism, cynicism, and sentimentality with which they are usually treated. The basic unity of love, power, and justice is affirmed and described in terms that are fresh and compelling.

"One of the most thoughtful analyses of a basic problem of Christian ethics which we have had in our day."--Reinhold Niebuhr.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195002225
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/28/1960
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 909,025
  • Product dimensions: 7.94 (w) x 5.38 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Table of Contents

I Problems, Confusions, Method 1
Intrinsic problems of love, power, and justice 1
Relational problems of love, power, and justice 11
II Being and Love 18
The ontological question 18
An ontology of love 24
III Being and Power 35
Being as the power of being 35
A phenomenology of power 41
Power and compulsion 45
The ontological unity of love and power 48
IV Being and Justice 54
Justice as the form of being 54
Principles of justice 57
Levels of justice 62
The ontological unity of justice, power, and love 67
V The Unity of Justice, Love, and Power in Personal Relations 72
Ontology and ethics 72
Justice in personal encounters 78
The unity of justice and love in personal encounters 82
The unity of justice and power in personal encounters 87
VI The Unity of Power, Justice, and Love in Group Relations 91
Structures of power in nature and society 91
Power, justice, and love in the encounter of social groups 99
VII The Unity of Love, Power, and Justice in the Ultimate Relation 107
God as the source of love, power, and justice 109
Love, power, and justice in the holy community 115
Index 127
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