Finite and Infinite Goods : A Framework for Ethics: A Framework for Ethics (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, Jul 29, 1999 - Religion - 424 pages
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Renowned scholar Robert Adams explores the relation between religion and ethics through a comprehensive philosophical account of a theistically-based framework for ethics. Adams' framework begins with the good rather than the right, and with excellence rather than usefulness. He argues that loving the excellent, of which adoring God is a clear example, is the most fundamental aspect of a life well lived. Developing his original and detailed theory, Adams contends that devotion, the sacred, grace, martyrdom, worship, vocation, faith, and other concepts drawn from religious ethics have been sorely overlooked in moral philosophy and can enrich the texture of ethical thought.
  

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Contents

Introduction
3
God as the Good
13
The Transcendence of the Good
50
WellBeing and Excellence
83
The Sacred and the Bad
102
Moral Horror
104
Violation
107
Images of God
112
Devotion
177
The Fragmentation of Value
179
The Integration of Value
182
The Problem of Total Devotion
185
Love for the Good as Organizing Principle
187
Love as Enjoyment
193
Love as Alliance
196
Idolatry
199

The Value of Persons as Persons
115
Ontology
121
Defilement and Symbolic Violation
124
LOVING THE GOOD
129
Eros
131
Can God Love Finite Things at All?
132
Benevolence and Selfinterest
136
Eros and Selfinterest
139
The Value of Loves Interest in Relationship
141
Impersonal Objects of Love
146
Grace
150
Loves Particularity
151
Love for Particular Universals
158
Reasons for Love
160
Hesed
171
Loves Universality
173
Priorities
201
Need and Detachment
205
Misidentification
209
Symbolic Value
214
The Moral Value of Symbolism
217
Eschatology and Ethics
220
Worship
225
Obligation
231
Divine Commands
249
Abrahams Dilemma
277
Vocation
292
Politics and the Good
318
Revelation of the Good
353
Moral Faith
373
Bibliography
391
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