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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Relationships and Obligations
Relationship Morality and a Feminist Ethic of Care
Relationship Morality and the PersonPerson Relationship
The Two Scopes of the PersonPerson Relationship
Agape and the RespectLove Range of Attitudes
Further Ramifications of Coming into the Presence of Persons
What Is a Person?
Principles Justice and Goods
Shame Morality
Sin Morality and a Comparison of Sin Morality with Guilt Morality and Shame Morality
Human Sin Morality and Religious Sin Morality
SinRelationship Morality and the Adam and Eve Story
The Worth of Persons and Animal Rights
The Fruits of SinRelationship Morality Practical Implications
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Virtues and Rights
The Varieties of Moralities and Guilt Morality

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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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