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The Future of Ethics
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The Future of Ethics interprets the big questions of sustainability and social justice through the practical problems arising from humanity's increasing power over basic systems of life. What does climate change mean for our obligations to future generations? How can the sciences work with pluralist cultures in ways that will help societies learn from ecological change?

Traditional religious ethics examines texts and traditions and highlights principles and virtuous behaviors that can apply to particular issues. Willis Jenkins develops lines of practical inquiry through "prophetic pragmatism," an approach to ethics that begins with concrete problems and adapts to changing circumstances. This brand of pragmatism takes its cues from liberationist theology, with its emphasis on how individuals and communities actually cope with overwhelming problems.

Can religious communities make a difference when dealing with these issues? By integrating environmental sciences and theological ethics into problem-based engagements with philosophy, economics, and other disciplines, Jenkins illustrates the wide understanding and moral creativity needed to live well in the new conditions of human power. He shows the significance of religious thought to the development of interdisciplinary responses to sustainability issues and how this calls for a new style of religious ethics.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. C-C
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction: Ethics in the Anthropocene
  2. pp. 1-15
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  1. Chapter One: Atmospheric Powers: Climate Change and Moral Incompetence
  2. pp. 16-66
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  1. Chapter Two: Christian Ethics and Unprecedented Problems
  2. pp. 67-110
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  1. Chapter Three: Global Ethics: Moral Pluralism and Planetary Problems
  2. pp. 111-148
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  1. Chapter Four: Sustainability Science and the Ethics of Wicked Problems
  2. pp. 149-189
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  1. Chapter Five: Toxic Wombs and the Ecology of Justice
  2. pp. 190-231
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  1. Chapter Six: Impoverishment and the Economy of Desire
  2. pp. 232-281
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  1. Chapter Seven: Intergenerational Risk and the Future of Love
  2. pp. 282-322
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  1. Afterword: Sustaining Grace
  2. pp. 323-326
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 327-340
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