Item description for Priorities and Christian Ethics (New Studies in Christian Ethics) by Garth L. Hallett...
Overview Christians have agreed, as have others, that preference should go to some extent to one's nearest, and also to some extent to the neediest. However, to what extent should we give preference to which group? And suppose these two preferences come into conflict, as they frequently do? This book provides the fullest contemporary treatment of these issues. The author brings to bear all the resources of theological and philosophical reflection on a single representative case, and from the single example, sheds light on a wide range of comparable cases, both private and public.
Publishers Description This book provides a contemporary treatment of an issue which is particularly pressing today; when the claims of the nearest (e.g. parents, children, spouses, friends) conflict with the claims of the neediest, as they constantly do, where should preference go? Professor Hallett focuses first on a specific, representative case, pitting the lesser need of a son against the greater need of starving strangers. He brings to bear on this single paradigm all the resources of theological and philosophical reflection - scriptures, patristic teaching, the Thomistic tradition, current debates; and from this single example he sheds light on a wide range of comparable cases, both private and public. This distinctive strategy leads to challenging results, and at the same time helps to clarify the traditional order of charity and the celebrated preferential option for the poor.
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Studio: Cambridge University Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.94" Width: 6.24" Height: 0.65" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Feb 23, 2015
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Series New Studies In Christian Ethics
Series Number 12
ISBN 0521623510 ISBN13 9780521623513
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More About Garth L. Hallett
Garth L. Hallett has an academic affiliation as follows - Saint Louis University, Missouri Saint Louis University Saint Louis Un.
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A helpful example of Roman Catholic casuistry at its best. Apr 20, 1999
The question of priorities is given concrete shape with reference to a case described by Cambridge philosopher A. C. Ewing nearly fifty years ago. Should a man prefer and provide for the needs of his own son for a university education, which today might cost upwards of $100,000? Or should he employ those same considerable resources to help alleviate the misery and suffering of many more numerous people than are represented by a single son? The book is a detailed analysis and critique of the various responses to the issues raised by Ewing's case. Ewing himself seemed inclined to prefer the son over the starving. Hallett, however, suggests in light of New Testament themes (Chapter 3) and Patristic thought (Chapter 4), that, even in spite of the elevation of concerns for self-preference in Thomistic (Chapter 5) and contemporary arguments (Chapter 6), "it would be better for the father to assist the starving rather than his son, or for parents generally to favor the destitute over their less needy children" (116). The book is, in the best tradition of Roman Catholic casuistry, a detailed exploration of an issue (replete with arguments, counter-arguments, objections and replies) that seeks to investigate a particular moral dilemma so as to shed light on more general issues and exemplify broader moral principles. While the scholastic attention to detail can be intimidating, the occasional narrative glimpses into lives that have sacrificed for the sake of the neediest (see, for example, p. 94 on Suzie Valdez, "Queen of the Dump"), engage readers and leave them open and vulnerable to a challenge that might require many to reassess their own priorities.