Self Love and Christian Ethics

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 17, 2002 - Philosophy - 267 pages
Self love is an inescapable problem for ethics, yet much of contemporary ethics is reluctant to offer any normative moral anthropologies. Instead, secular ethics and contemporary culture promote a norm of self-realization which is subjective and uncritical. Christian ethics also fails to address this problem directly, because it tends to investigate self love within the context of conflicts between the self's interests and those of her neighbors. Self Love and Christian Ethics argues for right self love as the solution of proper self-relation that intersects with love for God and love for neighbor. Darlene Fozard Weaver explains that right self love entails a true self-understanding that is embodied in the person's concrete acts and relations. In making this argument, she calls upon ethicists to revisit ontological accounts of the self and to devote more attention to particular moral acts.
 

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Contents

The contemporary problem of selflove
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Self love in Christian ethics
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A hermeneutical account of selfrelation
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Right self love
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Self love and moral action
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Self love religion7 and morality
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Bibliography
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Darlene Fozard Weaver is Assistant Professor of Theology at the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, Villanova University.

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