Adult Commitment: An Ethics of Trust

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University Press of America, 1990 - Philosophy - 202 pages
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This interdisciplinary study of commitment draws on the disciplines of theology, philosophy, and psychology to demonstrate the importance of trust in midlife adulthood. It gives particular attention to the place of trust in resolving tensions surrounding commitments. Taking a relational perspective, this text addresses the various aspects of commitment as they affect the self, the community, and God. Several midlife people serve as test cases to illustrate the crucial role of trust for those who are called to reassess interpersonal commitments at midlife. Contents: An Ethics of Trust; Marcel on Philosophy of Trust; Theology of Trust; Psychology of Trust; and An Ethics of Trust; Trust and Commitment in Adulthood.
 

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Contents

II Psychology of Trust
102
A Rotter on Trust
103
B Loomis and Deutsch on Trust
105
1 Control and Trust
106
2 Communication and Trust
107
C Trust Development and Women
108
2 Locus of Control
109
III Paranoia and Jealousy The Phenomenon of Mistrust
111

IV Conclusion
11
Marcel on Philosophy of Trust
15
I Marcel and the Doctrine of Participation
16
1 Primary Reflection
17
B Levels
18
Incarnation
19
Communion
20
Transcendence
22
II Fidelity
25
III Marcel on Hope
29
A Hope and Being
30
B Assurance
33
IV Conclusion
35
Theology of Trust
41
A Faith Community and Trust
45
B Trust in the Israelite Community
50
1 Covenant Basis for Trust
51
2 Trust Present in Other Forms
54
C Trust and Suffering
57
D Jesus Trust in God
61
1 Jesus Personal Relationship with God
62
2 Jesus Trust in Suffering
63
E Trust and Images of God
65
II Ethics of Trust
74
B Niebuhr and Ethics of Trust
76
C Ethics of Commitment
81
D Ethical Considerations
86
III Conclusion
90
Psychology of Trust
101
B Jealousy
114
IV Psychological Theories on Human Development at Midlife
117
B Tensions of Midlife Adults
120
C Stage Theory Psychologists on Midlife Development
121
2 Peck on Midlife Stage
123
3 Levinson on Midlife stages
125
4 Sheeny on Women and Midlife
128
5 Havighurst on Midlife Tasks
132
6 Gould on Midlife Development
134
7 Neugarten on Midlife Personality Development
138
8 Kohlberg on Stages of Moral Reasoning
140
V Conclusion
141
Ethics of Trust
153
I Synthesis of Study
155
C Psychology
156
D Correlation Points
157
A Rebirth of Identity
158
1 Independence
159
3 Individuation in Women
162
B Gilligans Stage of Feminine Development
165
III Reflections and Correlations
166
1 New Faith Identity
167
a Fowlers Stages of Faith Development
168
b Fowler and Midlife Women
171
B Role of Community in Development
173
IV Conclusion
175
Bibliography
185
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Elizabeth L. Willems is Professor of Moral Theology at Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans, Louisiana.

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