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Truthfulness and Tragedy: Further Investigations in Christian Ethics / Edition 1

Truthfulness and Tragedy: Further Investigations in Christian Ethics / Edition 1


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In Truthfulness and Tragedy Stanley Hauerwas provides an account of moral existence and ethical rationality that shows how Christian convictions operate, or should operate, to form and direct lives. In attempting to conceptualize the basis of Christian ethics in a manner that will render Christian convictions morally intelligible, the author casts fresh light on traditional theoretical issues and articulates the distinctive Christian response to contemporary concerns such as suicide, medical ethics, and child care. The first section of the book deals with methodological issues: the meaning and nature of practical reason, obligation claims, natural law, and self deception, and the affinity of story and ethics. It focuses on the relation of truthfulness and tragedy and the need for a story—a set of religious convictions or “grammar of theology”—that does justice to the tragic character of human existence. The second section addresses substantive issues: suicide, euthanasia, and the value of survival; the moral limits of population growth; the definition of “person” for medical reasons; and social involvement and Christian ethics. The overall theme is the need for a community in which truthfulness is a way of life. In the final section, devoted to the problem of how to care for retarded children, the implications of the author’s ethical position are given concrete expression. He discusses the assumptions underlying the willingness to have children, criteria for humanness, medical ethics, and how truthful communities deal with suffering. In Truthfulness and Tragedy Stanley Hauerwas extends and clarifies the ethical position set forth in his earlier books Character and the Christian Life and Vision and Virtue. He is associate professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame. He was a senior fellow in Christian medical ethics at the Joseph and Rose Kennedy Institute for the Study of Reproduction and Bioethics, and taught medical ethics at the University of Texas medical branch in Galveston.

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ISBN-13: 9780268018320
Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
Publication date: 09/30/1977
Edition description: 1
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

David Burrell is the Theodore Hesburgh C.S.C. Professor emeritus in Philosophy and Theology.

Stanley Hauerwas is Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke University. He is the author of several books, including Suffering Presence and Vision and Virtue, and is co-author of Christians Among the Virtues, all published by the University of Notre Dame Press.

Richard Bondi attended Oberlin College, where he was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate with a double major in English and Religious Studies. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Theology and Ethics from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Bondi has taught at Notre Dame, at Marquette University, and at the Candler School of Theology of Emory University. He is the author of Leading God’s People: Ethics for the Practice of Ministry. He has practiced pastoral counseling and psychotherapy at the Emmanuel Center for Pastoral Counseling since 1997. He is a Fellow of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. 

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