Finite and Infinite Goods : A Framework for Ethics

Finite and Infinite Goods : A Framework for Ethics

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Renowned scholar Robert Adams explores the relation between religion and ethics through a comprehensive philosophical account of a theistically-based framework for ethics. Adams' framework begins with the good rather than the right, and with excellence rather than usefulness. He argues that loving the excellent, of which adoring God is a clear example, is the most fundamental aspect of a life well lived. Developing his original and detailed theory, Adams contends that devotion, the sacred, grace, martyrdom, worship, vocation, faith, and other concepts drawn from religious ethics have been sorely overlooked in moral philosophy and can enrich the texture of ethical thought.The second way, which meets and loves God in creatures, finds a classic expression in the First Epistle of John in the New ... which declares that aquot;he who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seenaquot; (4:20). ... That might suggest that the most perfect friendships would be characterized by this kind of sharing of projects. ... Cf. the Gospel according to John, 1:18, thought by many scholars to come from the same circle, though not the same author, anbsp;...

Title:Finite and Infinite Goods : A Framework for Ethics
Author: Robert Merrihew Adams Clark Professor of Philosophy and Metaphysics Yale University
Publisher:Oxford University Press, USA - 1999-07-29

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