The Essential Paul Ramsey: A Collection / Edition 1

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Overview

Paul Ramsey was one of the most important ethicists of the twentieth century. From the publication of his classic Basic Christian Ethics in 1950 until his death in 1988, his writings decisively shaped moral discourse and reflection in the areas of theology, law, politics, and medicine. This collection of Ramsey's most important essays on Christian, political, and medical ethics displays the scope and depth of his vision, highlighting both the character of his theological commitments and the continuing significance of his work for the pressing moral problems of our day. Selections deal with such issues as race relations, sexuality and marriage, war, the meaning of Christian love, abortion, and medical care for the sick and dying. A general introduction by William Werpehowski and Stephen D. Crocco evaluates Ramsey's career and accomplishments and reviews contemporary criticism of his output and legacy. Shorter introductions to each selection point out crucial themes and lines of development in Ramsey's thought.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300058154
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 298
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.53 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1 What the Christian Does Without a Code 1
2 The Biblical Norm of Righteousness 15
3 Self-Love, Love of Happiness, Love to God and to Neighbor 25
4 Christian Vocation and Resistance 41
5 Justice in War 60
6 The Case for Making "Just War" Possible 68
7 The Uses of Power 84
8 The Limits of Nuclear War 96
9 The Created Destination of Property Right 106
10 The Christian Use of Economic Pressure to Transform Race Relations 121
11 The Covenant of Marriage and Right Means 137
12 Reference Points in Deciding about Abortion 151
13 Preface to The Patient as Person 168
14 Consent as a Canon of Loyalty, with Special Reference to Children in Medical Investigations 176
15 On (Only) Caring for the Dying 195
16 The Indignity of "Death with Dignity" 223
17 Justice and Equal Treatment 247
A Paul Ramsey Bibliography 255
Index 269
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