Newsletter   Secure Checkout   Shopping Cart (0 Items)  
Search:    Welcome Guest! Save up to 30-40% on most items with our awesome everyday discounts!

The Philosophical and Theological Foundations of Ethics: An Introduction to Moral Theory and its Relation to Religious Belief [Paperback]

By Peter Byrne (Author)
Our Price $ 33.60  
Retail Value $ 48.00  
You Save $ 14.40  (30%)  
Item Number 158941  
Buy New $33.60
Available on the Internet only.

Item description for The Philosophical and Theological Foundations of Ethics: An Introduction to Moral Theory and its Relation to Religious Belief by Peter Byrne...

This study is an introduction to the problems of moral philosophy designed particularly for those interested in theology and religious studies. It offers an account of the nature and subject matter of moral reasoning and of the major types of moral theory in contemporary moral philosophy. The account aims to bring out the major issues in moral theory, to present a clear, non-technical articulation of the structure of moral knowledge, and to explore the relation between religious belief and morality.

Promise Angels is dedicated to bringing you great books at great prices. Whether you read for entertainment, to learn, or for literacy - you will find what you want at!

Item Specifications...

Studio: Palgrave Macmillan
Pages   216
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.44"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 14, 1999
Publisher   Palgrave Macmillan
Edition  1999  
ISBN  0312220006  
ISBN13  9780312220006  

Availability  148 units.
Availability accurate as of Oct 27, 2016 10:30.
Usually ships within one to two business days from La Vergne, TN.
Orders shipping to an address other than a confirmed Credit Card / Paypal Billing address may incur and additional processing delay.

More About Peter Byrne

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! PETER BYRNE is Professor of Philosophy of Religion at King's College, London. He co-edits the journal Religious Studies. He has edited a series of books in medical ethics and is co-editor (with Leslie Houlden) of A Companion Encyclopedia of Theology. He is the author of Natural Religion and the Nature of Religion, The Philosophical and Theological Foundations of Ethics and (with Peter B. Clarke) Religion Defined and Explained.

Peter Byrne was born in 1950.

Peter Byrne has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Reason and Religion

Are You The Artisan or Author behind this product?
Improve our customers experience by registering for an Artisan Biography Center Homepage.

Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Philosophy > Ethics & Morality
2Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Philosophy > Religious
4Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Religious Studies > Ethics

Reviews - What do customers think about The Philosophical and Theological Foundations of Ethics: An Introduction to Moral Theory and its Relation to Religious Belief?

Excellent overview of relationship between religion & ethics  May 20, 2000
Peter Byrne is the editor of the prestigious journal RELIGIOUS STUDIES. His book, THE PHILOSOPHICAL AND THEOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS OF ETHICS, is simply an outstanding introductory text on the relationship between religion and morality. I have learned much from this book, and I highly recommend it to others.

As an atheist, I was particularly interested in Byrne's chapter on "Morality without Religion." Byrne considers a number of issues related to this subject, including: (i) naturalistic ethics, motivation, and evil; and (ii) the metaphysics and epistemology of secular ethics. Concerning (i), Byrne considers "the objection to secular ethics ... that it can offer the individual who respects morality no guarantee of anything other than a life of disappointment and self-sacrifice." However, he notes that the secular moralist can offer three points to mitigate this objection. First, virtuous living remains a partial good even if it exists in isolation from the ideal whole. Second, the social dimension of morality shows that the best chance for attaining the complete good will be in a morally ordered community where moral rules are well-respected. Third, concern for moral considerations is not wholly derived from desire to attain an ultimate good. Byrne concludes, "We can see from this discussion of moral motivation that what is and is not a proper and sufficient motive for moral action is a complex matter--much more complex than neat proofs of the unsatisfactoriness of this or that moral outlook allow."

As for (ii), Byrne considers arguments which attempt to show that if we are doubtful of theism, we must be doubtful of the truth of moral principles. Here Byrne notes that if the secular moralist is allowed use of the notions of truth and reason in general, then objections about the source and nature of secular morality collapse. (Byrne lists personal choice, social custom, and evolution as examples of sources of secular moral standards.) He writes, "So long as the secular thinker can point to good reasons which back a judgement such as 'Do not steal', the question of whence this moral standard arises is of no more philosophical interest than the question 'Where do the principles of arithmetic come from?'"

The book is written at an intermediate level, so that it is useful to scholars and students alike. I highly recommend it.


Write your own review about The Philosophical and Theological Foundations of Ethics: An Introduction to Moral Theory and its Relation to Religious Belief

Ask A Question or Provide Feedback regarding The Philosophical and Theological Foundations of Ethics: An Introduction to Moral Theory and its Relation to Religious Belief

Item Feedback and Product Questions
For immediate assistance call 888.395.0572 during the hours of 10am thru 8pm EST Monday thru Friday and a customer care representative will be happy to help you!

Help us continuously improve our service by reporting your feedback or questions below:

I have a question regarding this product
The information above is incorrect or conflicting
The page has misspellings or incorrect grammar
The page did not load correctly in my browser or created an error.

Email Address:
Anti Spam Question. To combat spammers we require that you answer a simple question.
What color is the sky?
Leave This Blank :
Do Not Change This Text :

Add This Product Widget To Your Website

Looking to add this information to your own website? Then use our Product Widget to allow you to display product information in a frame that is 120 pixels wide by 240 pixels high.

    Copy and paste the following HTML into your website and enjoy!

Order toll-free weekdays 10am thru 10pm EST by phone: 1-888-395-0572 (Lines are closed on holidays & weekends.)
Customer Service | My Account | Track My Orders | Return Policy | Request Free Catalog | Email Newsletter

Gift Certificates
RSS Feeds
About Us
Contact Us
Terms Of Use
Privacy Policy