Social Ethics

City: Urbanism and Its End

City: Urbanism and Its End
$24.00

A new understanding of the modern city, its challenges, and why old ideas about urban renewal won't work

How did neighborhood groceries, parish halls, factories, and even saloons contribute more to urban vitality than did the fiscal might of postwar urban renewal? With a novelist's eye for telling detail, Douglas Rae depicts the features that contributed most to city life in the early "urbanist" decades of the twentieth century. Rae's subject is New Haven, Connecticut, but the lessons he draws apply to many American cities. City: Urbanism and Its End beginswith a richly textured portrait of New Haven in the early twentieth century, a period of centralized manufacturing, civic vitality, and mixed-use neighborhoods. As social and economic conditions changed, the city confronted its end of urbanism first during the Depression, and then very aggressively during the mayoral reign of Richard C. Lee (1954-70), when New Haven led the nation in urban renewal spending. But government spending has repeatedly failed to restore urban vitality. Rae argues that strategies for the urban future should focus on nurturing the unplanned civic engagements that make mixed-use city life so appealing and so civilized. Cities need not reach their old peaks of population, or look like thriving suburbs, to be once again splendid places for human beings to live and work.

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9780300107746
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2005-03-11
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Claims of Culture

Claims of Culture
$28.95

How can liberal democracy best be realized in a world fraught with conflicting new forms of identity politics and intensifying conflicts over culture? This book brings unparalleled clarity to the contemporary debate over this question. Maintaining that cultures are themselves torn by conflicts about their own boundaries, Seyla Benhabib challenges the assumption shared by many theorists and activists that cultures are clearly defined wholes. She argues that much debate--including that of strong multiculturalism, which sees cultures as distinct pieces of a mosaic--is dominated by this faulty belief, one with grave consequences for how we think injustices among groups should be redressed and human diversity achieved. Benhabib masterfully presents an alternative approach, developing an understanding of cultures as continually creating, re-creating, and renegotiating the imagined boundaries between us and them.


Drawing on contemporary cultural politics from Western Europe, Canada, and the United States, Benhabib develops a double-track model of deliberative democracy that permits maximum cultural contestation within the official public sphere as well as in and through social movements and the institutions of civil society. Agreeing with political liberals that constitutional and legal universalism should be preserved at the level of polity, she nonetheless contends that such a model is necessary to resolve multicultural conflicts.


Analyzing in detail the transformation of citizenship practices in European Union countries, Benhabib concludes that flexible citizenship, certain kinds of legal pluralism and models of institutional powersharing are quite compatible with deliberative democracy, as long as they are in accord with egalitarian reciprocity, voluntary self-ascription, and freedom of exit and association. The Claims of Culture offers invaluable insight to all those, whether students or scholars, lawyers or policymakers, who strive to bridge the gap between the theory and practice of cultural politics in the twenty-first century.

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9780691048635
Publication Date: 
2002-08-25
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Consumer Society Reader

Consumer Society Reader
$25.00
A unique and definitive reader on our "national passion"--buying stuff--and its consequences for American society. We are citizens, owners and workers, believers and heathens, but today more than anything else we are consumers. How this came to be and its consequences for us all is the subject of this pioneering reader on the rise--and continued rise--of consumerism. The Consumer Society Reader features a range of key works on the nature and evolution of consumer society. It includes classics such as the Frankfurt School writers Adorno, Horkheimer, and Marcuse on the Culture Industry; Thorstein Veblen's oft-cited writings on "conspicuous consumption"; Betty Friedan on the housewife's central role in consumer society; and John Kenneth Galbraith's influential analysis of the "affluent society." The book also includes much-discussed recent work by such leading critics as Pierre Bourdieu, Thomas Frank, bell hooks, Bill McKibben, and Janice Radway. A landmark in social criticism, The Consumer Society Reader is sure to become the standard book on the subject.
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9781565845985
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2000-08-01
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Convict Christ: What the Gospel Says about Criminal Justice

Convict Christ: What the Gospel Says about Criminal Justice
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An inmate for life, Jens Soeing tells stories of prison lif that are shocking ans inspiring. He confronts us with Jesus' challenge to love not only the least amongst us but those who are perceived as the worst amongst us.
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9781570756481
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2006-03-01
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Corporate Irresponsibility: America's Newest Export

Corporate Irresponsibility: America's Newest Export
$27.95
Corporations are often so focused on making short-term profits for their stockholders that they behave in ways that adversely affect their employees, the environment, consumers, American politics, and even the long-term well-being of the corporation, says Lawrence Mitchell in this provocative book. This is a significant issue not only in the United States but also in the world, for many countries are beginning to emulate the American model of corporate governance. Mitchell criticizes this emphasis on profit maximization and the corporate legal structure that encourages it, and he offers concrete proposals to bring about more socially responsible corporate behavior.

Mitchell declares that managers should be freed from the legal and structural constraints that make it difficult for them to exercise ordinary moral judgment and be held accountable for their actions. He suggests, for example, that earnings reports be required annually rather than quarterly, that the capital gains tax be increased on stocks held for fewer than thirty days, and that elections of corporate boards of directors be held every five years rather than every year. Mitchell places the problem of corporate irresponsibility within the broader context of American life and demonstrates the extent to which contemporary corporate behavior represents a corruption of our cherished liberal values of personal freedom and individuality.

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9780300090239
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2001-12-11
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Cosmopolitanism

Cosmopolitanism
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The idea of cosmopolitanism has informed some of the most important developments in current sociology. It has changed the way in which we think about a vast array of issues: the forces of globalization, the resurgence of nationalism, the future of political community in Europe, the role of international law in social life, changing forms of violence and even the life of the mind. This book explains what cosmopolitanism is and why it has grabbed the sociological imagination.

Robert Fine explores the concept of cosmopolitanism and its application to a range of contemporary issues, including:

  • the future of Europe
  • the role of human rights, global governance and perpetual peace in the construction of a cosmopolitan order
  • crimes against humanity
  • the justification of humanitarian military interventions
  • the extension of democracy beyond national limits.
  • This book offers an innovative mix of theoretical and socio-political elements that will be of great interest to students and researchers in the fields of international political theory, international relations, social theory and cultural studies.

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    9780415392259
    Publication Date: 
    2007-12-22
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    Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers

    Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers
    $15.95
    Drawing on a broad range of disciplines, including history, literature, and philosophy as well as the author's own experience of life on three continents ?Cosmopolitanism? is a moral manifesto for a planet we share with more than six billion strangers."
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    9780393329339
    Publication Date: 
    2007-02-01
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    Covenant Economics: A Biblical Vision of Justice for All

    Covenant Economics: A Biblical Vision of Justice for All
    $24.95

    The Bible might seem like the last place one would look for information and guidance on economics, but in fact the Bible deals with all aspects of life. Richard Horsley's Covenant Economics explores economic issues in the Bible, offering pastors, students, and laity a clearer understanding of the Bible's clarion call for economic justice for all--an issue that is sure to resonate during today's trying economic times.

    Questions for discussion and suggestions for further reading are included in this volume--a work that will spark lively conversation.

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    9780664233952
    Publication Date: 
    2009-06-01
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    Cutting-Edge Bioethics: A Christian Exploration of Technologies and Trends (Horizon in Bioethics Series Book)

    Cutting-Edge Bioethics: A Christian Exploration of Technologies and Trends (Horizon in Bioethics Series Book)
    $22.00
    This book from the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity provides a faith-based evaluation of recent technologies and trends in bioethics--including the current debate surrounding stem cell research. Fifteen noted scholars and medical practitioners discuss some of today's new and controversial work in biomedicine--xenotransplantation, artificial intelligence, cybernetics, and more--and evaluate from a Christian perspective both the science and the ethical questions it raises. Designed to orient general readers to the current state of biomedical research, Cutting-Edge Bioethics is must reading for anyone wishing to confront and wrestle with the challenging moral issues posed by this ever-advancing field.
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    9780802849595
    Publication Date: 
    2002-04-11
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    Dangerous Diplomacy: The Story of Carl Lutz, Rescuer of 62,000 Hungarian Jews

    Dangerous Diplomacy: The Story of Carl Lutz, Rescuer of 62,000 Hungarian Jews
    $25.00
    This volume tells for the first time the courageous story of Carl Lutz (1895-1975), the Swiss diplomat who single-handedly rescued 62,000 Jews from deportation to Nazi concentration camps -- a daring action now recognized as the largest, most successful rescue effort ever undertaken in Nazi-dominated Europe.

    For over fifty years this dramatic story has remained dormant in government archives and among family papers. Finally now available in English, this carefully researched biography tells how Lutz, as Swiss Consul in Budapest from 1942 to 1945, defied diplomatic rules and conventions by issuing protective papers for tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews destined for the death camps. Dangerous Diplomacy recounts Lutz's selfless odyssey with compelling writing complemented by a 16-page photo section.

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    9780802839053
    Publication Date: 
    2000-11-01
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    Dead Man Walking: The Eyewitness Account Of The Death Penalty That Sparked a National Debate

    Dead Man Walking: The Eyewitness Account Of The Death Penalty That Sparked a National Debate
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    When Chava Colon from the Prison Coalition asks me one January day in 1982 to become a pen pal to a death-row inmate, I say, Sure. The invitation seems to fit with my work in St. Thomas, a New Orleans housing project of poor black residents. Not death row exactly, but close. Thus begins Sister Helen Prejean's story of her encounter with the death penalty in America. When she first writes to Patrick Sonnier, the condemned killer of two teenagers, this unassuming Roman Catholic nun from a middle class Louisiana family is wholly unprepared for what will follow. As she grows to know Sonnier, she sees the terrified human being beneath the surface of the repentant killer and becomes increasingly disturbed not only by the inhumane conditions of his confinement but also by the terrible anguish he suffers during the long countdown toward execution. She also sees the moral struggles of the public officials - the governor, the head of the Department of Corrections, wardens, guards - who have to carry out killings that the law demands but that they do not personally believe in. And she comes to know the dismaying truth about the death penalty's disproportionate cost in money and resources, and how fragile and sometimes chaotic the justice system can be. Her experience soon leads her to ask: How can society benefit from replicating the violence it condemns? In formulating her answer, however, Helen Prejean also confronts the counterbalancing factors. Chief among them is the devastating rage and grief of the victims' families, whom she comes to know and befriend and whose need for retribution she understands. Prejean's indictment of capital punishment sensitively navigates the complex personal,ethical, and legal issues involved, balancing compassion for both the criminals and the people whose lives they destroy. By turns reflective and deeply personal, spiritual and candidly human, this engrossing and deeply moving meditation on one of the most painfully controversial issue
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    9780679751311
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    1994-05-31
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    Defending Human Dignity: John Paul II and Political Realism

    Defending Human Dignity: John Paul II and Political Realism
    $19.99
    Engages Pope John Paul II's political writings appreciatively and critically, demonstrating how he prioritizes human dignity in spite of the political tendency to dominate others.
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    9781587430923
    Publication Date: 
    2004-07-01
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    Development as Freedom

    Development as Freedom
    $16.00
    By the winner of the 1988 Nobel Prize in Economics, an essential and paradigm-altering framework for understanding economic development--for both rich and poor--in the twenty-first century.

    Freedom, Sen argues, is both the end and most efficient means of sustaining economic life and the key to securing the general welfare of the world's entire population. Releasing the idea of individual freedom from association with any particular historical, intellectual, political, or religious tradition, Sen clearly demonstrates its current applicability and possibilities. In the new global economy, where, despite unprecedented increases in overall opulence, the contemporary world denies elementary freedoms to vast numbers--perhaps even the majority of people--he concludes, it is still possible to practically and optimistically restain a sense of social accountability. Development as Freedom is essential reading.

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    9780385720274
    Publication Date: 
    2000-08-15
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    Disarmed And Dangerous: The Radical Life And Times Of Daniel And Philip Berrigan, Brothers In Religious Faith And Civil Disobedience

    Disarmed And Dangerous: The Radical Life And Times Of Daniel And Philip Berrigan, Brothers In Religious Faith And Civil Disobedience
    $21.00
    What transformed Daniel and Philip Berrigan from conventional Roman Catholic priests into ?holy outlaws for a time the two most wanted men of J. Edgar Hoover's FBI? And how did they evolve from their traditionally pious, second-generation immigrant beginnings to become the most famous (some would say notorious) religious rebels of their day?Disarmed and Dangerous, the first full-length unauthorized biography of the Berrigans, answers these questions with an incisive and illuminating account of their rise to prominence as civil rights and antiwar activists. It also traces the brothers' careers as constant thorns in the side of church authority as well as their leadership of the ongoing Plowshares movement?a highly controversial campaign of civil disobedience against the contemporary arms trade and nuclear weapons.Murray Polner and Jim O'Grady plumb the Berrigans' contradictions: among them, Philip's secret marriage, while he was still a Josephite priest, to Elizabeth McAlister, then a Catholic nun, which led to their dismissals by their respective religious orders and Philip's excommunication from the church; and Daniel's speech faulting Israel's treatment of Palestinians, and the resulting criticism loosed upon him from pro-Israeli Americans and many of his allies on the left.Disarmed and Dangerous is a fascinating study of brothers linked by faith and the dreams of peace and social justice in a century bloodied by war, mass murders, and weapons of immense destructive power. It is, above all, an original contribution to modern American history that is sure to be widely read and discussed.
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    9780813334493
    Publication Date: 
    1998-03-20
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    Disruptive Christian Ethics: When Racism and Women's Lives Matter

    Disruptive Christian Ethics: When Racism and Women's Lives Matter
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    This book brings to the fore the difficult realities of racism and the sexual violation of women. Traci West argues for a liberative method of Christian social ethics in which the discussion begins not with generic philosophical concepts but in the concrete realities of the lives of the socially and economically marginalized.

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    9780664229597
    Publication Date: 
    2006-01-16
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    Don't Think of an Elephant!: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate

    Don't Think of an Elephant!: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate
    $10.00
    'Don't Think of an Elephant' offers analysis of the key issues in the 2004 U.S. election and beyond, discussing how progressives need to better examine issues in order to counter conservative arguments.
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    9781931498715
    Publication Date: 
    2004-09-10
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    Dream of the Tattered Man : Stories from Georgia's Death Row

    Dream of the Tattered Man : Stories from Georgia's Death Row
    $22.99
    This gripping volume records Randy Loney's weekly visits with prisoners on Georgia's death row, movingly portraying the personal relationships he developed with men awaiting execution.

    In these powerful meditations Loney tells how he came to visit death row and speaks candidly of the intellectual and theological resources that shape his understanding of his visits. Whatever one feels or thinks about the issues related to death row, Loney brings the reader closer to the men who live their lives on the brink of death. Though the book contains an implicit critique of the American justice system and capital punishment, Loney's primary intent is to show, in very intimate terms, the genuine humanity of those deemed unworthy of life.

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    9780802842800
    Publication Date: 
    2001-04-08
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    Economic Justice for All

    Economic Justice for All
    $10.00
    This tenth anniversary edition of the landmark pastoral letter includes both A Decade After Economic Justice for All and A Catholic Framework for Economic Life.
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    9781574551358
    Publication Date: 
    1997-04-01
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    Ending Hunger Now

    Ending Hunger Now
    $12.00
    Writing for congregations and individuals of faith, McGovern, Dole, and Messer appeal to the biblical, theological, and ethical foundations of action against hunger.
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    9780800637828
    Publication Date: 
    2005-10-01
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    Entrusted: The Moral Responsibilities of Trusteeship

    Entrusted: The Moral Responsibilities of Trusteeship
    $19.95

    "Entrusted provides a much needed contribution to the literature on ethics in the healthcare arena." --Health Progress

    "A splendid and invaluable book, one every trustee with an active conscience would want to read and one every trustee with a dormant conscience ought to read." --Richard Chait, Center for Higher Education Governance and Leadership

    " . . . thoughtful essays on the morality, obligations, practice, and virtues of trusteeship. . . . Smith presents intriguing arguments for governance grounded in a broader sense of organizational and public stewardship." --ARNOVA News

    "[Smith's] contribution breaks some new and difficult ground by helping us to think beyond the routine and mundane dimensions of trusteeship." --Academe

    " . . . essential reading for trustees." --Ethics

    "Entrusted should be required reading for trustees of any not-for-profit." --Advancing Philanthropy

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    9780253353313
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    1995-05-22
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    Epistemologies of the South: Justice Against Epistemicide

    Epistemologies of the South: Justice Against Epistemicide
    $39.00
    This book explores the concept of 'cognitive injustice': the failure to recognise the different ways of knowing by which people across the globe run their lives and provide meaning to their existence. Boaventura de Sousa Santos shows why global social justice is not possible without global cognitive justice. Santos argues that Western domination has profoundly marginalised knowledge and wisdom that had been in existence in the global South. She contends that today it is imperative to recover and valorize the epistemological diversity of the world. Epistemologies of the South outlines a new kind of bottom-up cosmopolitanism, in which conviviality, solidarity and life triumph against the logic of market-ridden greed and individualism.
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    9781612055459
    Publication Date: 
    2014-09-30
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    Ethic for Christians and Other Aliens in a Strange Land

    Ethic for Christians and Other Aliens in a Strange Land
    $21.00

    From 'An Ethic for Christians and Other Aliens in a Strange Land'

    "America is a fallen nation. Americans exist in time, in the era biblically called the Fall. America is a demonic principality, or conglomeration of principalities and powers in which death furnishes the meaning, in which death is the reigning idol. Enshrined in multifarious forms and guises, it enslaves human beings, exacts human sacrifices, captures and captivates Presidents as well as intimidating and dehumanizing ordinary citizens."

    Strong statements, yes, but timely in the biblical context which forms William Stringfellow's perspective of our contemporary situation. Identifying America as a fallen nation with the parable of Babylon in the Book of Revelation - not with Jerusalem the holy nation, as Americans are naively and vainly wont to do - Dr. Stringfellow issues as trenchant an indictment of our society as has been made since Philip Wylie's 'Generation of Vipers'.

    Shockingly prophetic, dismaying, and sobering, William Stringfellow's rigorous biblical theology will surely offend the self-righteous. But the citizen of Jerusalem, alien in Babylon, will welcome the bluntness and insight with which he speaks.

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    9781592448746
    Publication Date: 
    2004-12-01
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    Ethical Leadership: The Quest for Character, Civility, and Community

    Ethical Leadership: The Quest for Character, Civility, and Community
    $25.00
    We live in a leadership crisis. "In an age when incompatible worlds collide and when scandals rock formerly stable institutions," says Walter Fluker, "what counts most is ethical leadership and the qualities of personal integrity, spiritual discipline, intellectual openness, and moral anchoring." Fluker finds these characteristics exemplified in the work and thought of black-church giants Martin Luther King Jr. and Howard Thurman. This volume, for leaders and emergent leaders in religious and other settings, sets forth the context and principles for ethical leadership, particularly for ministries and other professions whose mission directly advances the common good. Fluker's volume grounds leadership in story, the appropriation of one's roots, as a basis for personal and social transformation. He then explores the key values of character, civility, and community for ethical action on the personal, public, and spiritual realms. From these considerations he develops a model of the specific virtues that embody each realm of ethical leadership before applying them to the practical aspects of leadership and decisionmaking.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780800663490
    Publication Date: 
    2009-02-02
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    Ethics in Light of Childhood

    Ethics in Light of Childhood
    $35.00
    Children make up one third of all humanity. Yet too often children are perceived as merely undeveloped adults, pre-moral and innocent, remaining marginalized figures in our ethical landscape. Across diverse societies and cultures, throughout history and today, serious questions about being human and about moral behavior are almost always understood from the perspective of adulthood. Ethicist John Wall proposes a Copernican shift, contending that considerations of childhood should not only have greater importance on our ethical lives but that they should fundamentally transform how morality is understood and practiced. The experiences of children, Wall argues, should become new lenses for interpreting what it means to exist, to live good lives, and to form just communities--much in the same way that feminism legitimizes the experiences of women for the benefit of all humankind. In Part 1 Wall examines traditional Western assumptions about children that continue, for good and for ill, to ground ethical life today. Part II constructs a more fully child-responsive moral theory, using the strengths and weaknesses or our inherited historical perspectives. Part III further refines this ethical vision by considering three specific areas of social practice: human rights, family life, and ethical thinking. In each case, the point of view of childhood is shown to expand what it means to be human in social relations. This is the meaning of ethics in light of childhood: not to dismiss or minimize adult experiences of the moral life, but to widen them to include considerations of children.
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    9781589016927
    Publication Date: 
    2010-08-12
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    Ethics in the Community of Promise: Faith, Formation, and Decision

    Ethics in the Community of Promise: Faith, Formation, and Decision
    $18.00
    In this excellent and accessible introduction, now in a second edition, Childs helpfully articulates the shared features of Christian faith and shows how that communal commitment forms our values, character, virtues, and "eagerness to do what is right." Who we are informs what we choose. This dynamic, dialogical basis for ethics is an open framework. Childs applies it to a host of tough, real-life dilemmas such as affirmative action, end-of-life decisions, medical ethics, truth telling, environmental justice, and war-making. Previously published by Fortress Press in 1992 as Faith, Formation, and Decision, the new edition updates discussions throughout, adds numerous cases and illustrations, adds questions for discussion and items for further reading, and contains a new section on courage.
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    9780800637972
    Publication Date: 
    2006-07-01
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