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Reframing Catholic Theological Ethics

Joseph A. Selling


Traditionally, Catholic moral theology has been based upon an approach that over-emphasized the role of normative ethics and subsequently associated moral responsibility with following or disobeying moral rules. This book offers an alternative ethical method which, without destroying any of the valuable insights of normative ethics, reorients the discipline to consider human motivation and intention before investigating behavioural options for realizing one’s end. Evidence from the New Testament warrants the formation of a teleological method for theological ethics which is further elaborated ... More

Keywords: moral theology, theological ethics, normative ethics, teleology, Thomas Aquinas, intention, behaviour, virtue ethics, human person, Vatican Council

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198767121
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198767121.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph A. Selling, author
Emeritus Professor of Theological Ethics, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven