Relationship Morality

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Penn State Press, Jul 13, 2005 - Philosophy - 464 pages
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This book is an inquiry into the extent to which human relationships are foundational in morality. J. Kellenberger seeks to discover, first, how relationships between persons, and ultimately the relationship that each person has to each person by virtue of being a person, underlie the various traditional components of morality&—obligation, virtue, justice, rights, and moral goods&—and, second, how relationship morality is more fully consonant with our moral experience than other forms of human morality.

Kellenberger traces the implications of relationship morality for an understanding of religious duty to God and for the status of our obligations to animals. He also examines issues relating to a feminist &"ethics of caring.&" While this book is a work in ethics, its approach is not limited to an examination of theories of obligation, such as utilitarianism, nor is it limited to the traditional areas covered by wider philosophical treatments of ethics. It embraces these but examines such moral categories as love, respect for persons, shame, and their place in morality.

 

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Contents

Relationships and Obligations
11
Relationship Morality and a Feminist Ethic of Care
31
Relationship Morality and the PersonPerson Relationship
43
The Two Scopes of the PersonPerson Relationship
65
Agape and the RespectLove Range of Attitudes
79
Further Ramifications of Coming into the Presence of Persons
116
What Is a Person?
139
Principles Justice and Goods
165
Shame Morality
248
Sin Morality and a Comparison of Sin Morality with Guilt Morality and Shame Morality
270
Human Sin Morality and Religious Sin Morality
295
SinRelationship Morality and the Adam and Eve Story
339
The Worth of Persons and Animal Rights
353
The Fruits of SinRelationship Morality Practical Implications
386
Afterword
429
Works Cited
435

Virtues and Rights
193
The Varieties of Moralities and Guilt Morality
229

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About the author (2005)

J. Kellenberger is Professor of Philosophy at California State University, Northridge. He is the author of, most recently, God-Relationships With and Without God (1989) and editor of Inter-Religious Models and Criteria (1993).

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