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Oxford Studies in Theological Ethics

Assuming Responsibility

Ecstatic Eudaimonism and the Call to Live Well

Jennifer A. Herdt

Assuming Responsibility

Oxford Studies in Theological Ethics

Assuming Responsibility

Ecstatic Eudaimonism and the Call to Live Well

Oxford Studies in Theological Ethics: Assuming Responsibility

 

This book explores the debates surrounding eudaimonism, virtue, and happiness. It argues that we should embrace 'ecstatic' or 'goodness-prior' eudaimonism whilst rejecting 'welfare-prior' forms of eudaimonism.


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Beschrijving Oxford Studies in Theological Ethics: Assuming Responsibility

Recent decades have witnessed an enthusiastic retrieval of eudaimonism, according to which the virtuous life is the happy life. But the critique launched by Kant - that eudaimonism is egoistic and distorts the character of duty or obligation - has persisted. Should I develop the virtues because these are the traits I need in order to flourish? Is it facts about my own happiness that determine my obligations to others?

In this book, Jennifer Herdt deftly sifts through these debates, showing why we should embrace 'ecstatic' or 'goodness-prior' eudaimonism while rejecting 'welfare-prior' forms of eudaimonism. Grasping the character of ecstatic eudaimonism, she argues, has major implications, overcoming the common assumption of a sharp break between pagan and Christian eudaimonism, as well as of a late medieval or Protestant repudiation of eudaimonism in favor of divine command theory. Agents cannot rightly
respond to the goods they encounter unless they respond to them precisely as good, and not merely as a means to promoting their own welfare; in responding well, their agency is thereby necessarily perfected. In conversation with vital strands of contemporary moral philosophy, Herdt goes on to articulate
the distinctive character of obligation as a feature of accountability relations among agents. Assuming Responsibility offers a fresh point of departure for theological and philosophical approaches to virtue ethics, moral agency, and the contested relationship between the good and the right.


ISBN
9780192849205
Pagina's
288
Verschenen
Serie
Oxford Studies in Theological Ethics
NUR
700
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP Oxford

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