Author Wayne Johnson presents a fresh approach to moral theory by exploring how belief or non-belief in God shapes the content of morality. Neither supporting nor attacking religion-based morality, this work shows why belief in God makes a difference-for good or ill. In contrast to those who hold that there is a conflict between practical rationality (seeking one's own fulfillment) and moral rationality (moral duty), the author demonstrates that all classic moral systems, religious or otherwise, deny this conflict by claiming that the moral pathway is also the fulfilling pathway. Traditional religious believers claim that the truly fulfilling life culminates in eternal fellowship with God. If belief in God is rejected, other views of human fulfillment are constructed. The book will serve well as a text in university-level courses that deal with moral theory. It is clearly written and not highly technical, therefore it is also accessible to any intelligent reader interested in current cultural debates about the nature of morality and its link to both religious and non-religious perspectives.
|Publisher:||University Press of America|
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About the Author
Wayne G. Johnson is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Professor Johnson holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of Iowa, a B.Div. from Andover Newton Theological School, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 A Theory About Moral Theories Chapter 3 The Point of Morality Chapter 4 Moral Theories and Worldviews: Hebrew Prophets, Pre-Socratic Greeks, Protagoras, Epicurus, Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Hobbes, Hume, Kant, J.S. Mill, Marx, Nietzsche, Sartre, A.J. Ayer Chapter 5 Religion-Based Morality: An Overview Chapter 6 How "God" Makes a Difference Chapter 7 Self, Others, and Rights Chapter 8 The Challenge of Ethical Relativism Chapter 9 Why Be Moral? Chapter 10 Evolution and Ethics Chapter 11 Issues in Religion-Based Morality Chapter 12 End Notes Chapter 13 Bibliography Chapter 14 Biographical Sketch Chapter 15 Index