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Natural Law and Human Dignity: Universal Ethics in an Historical World

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813213408
  • Publisher: Catholic Univ.of America Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Pages: 346
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Table of Contents

I The unwished-for inheritance of natural law 1
1 What the loss costs us 5
2 The dilemma of justification 8
II The problem of ethical relativism 42
1 The discovery of the cultural relativity of our moral ideas 42
2 Types of philosophical argumentation in the encounter with moral relativism 46
III The significance of history and the historicity of morality 82
1 the philosophical intentions of historical thinking 83
2 The anthropological meaning of history 115
IV The universal claim of natural law 131
1 Preliminary hermeneutical reflections 132
2 Natural law and practical reason in Thomas Aquinas 145
3 Encountering the classical objections to the natural law 174
4 Prohibitions of the natural law, or intrinsically evil actions 190
V The universal claim of biblical ethics 224
1 The background in anthropology and the theology of history 226
2 The universal significance of the Ten Commandments 237
3 The universal significance of the Sermon on the Mount 255
4 Natural law and biblical ethics 279
VI The meaning of the distinction between law and morality 287
1 The difference in degree between natural law and human dignity 288
2 The differentiation between law and morality 293
Bibliography 309
Index of topics 323
Index of persons 328
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