Theological Ethics and Moral Value Phenomena: The Experience of Values

Angela Roothaan (Editor), Patrick Nullens (Editor), Steven van den Heuvel (Editor)

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The experience of moral values is often side-lined in discussions about moral reasoning, and yet our values define a large part of our moral motives, standards and expectations. Theological Ethics and Moral Value Phenomena explores whether the experience of a meeting point of the immanent and the transcendent, i.e. the moral self and God, can be the source of our values.

The book starts by arguing for a greater theological engagement with value ethics, personalism and the phenomenological method by drawing on thinkers such as Max Scheler and William James. It then provides an understanding of the social and religious dimension of the valuing person, demonstrating the importance of the emotional, as well as the cognitive, dimension of value experience. Finally, this value perspective is utilised to engage with current moral issues such as professional ethics, environmental ethics, economical ethics and family ethics.

Integrating the concepts of religious experience, moral motivation, and subjective and objective value within a broad framework of Christian theology and philosophy, this is vital reading for any scholar of Theology and Philosophy with an interest in ethics and moral reasoning.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages210
ISBN (Electronic)9781315110257, 9781317647423, 9781306972246, 9781315762258
ISBN (Print)9781138087774
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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