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Both as cardinal and as Pope Benedict XVI, one of Josef Ratzinger’s consistent concerns has been the foundational moral imperatives of the natural law. In 2004, then Cardinal Ratzinger requested that the University of Notre Dame study the complex issues embedded in discussions about “natural rights” and “natural law” in the context of Catholic thinking. To that end, Alasdair MacIntyre provided a substantive essay on the foundational problem of moral disagreements concerning natural law, and eight scholars were invited to respond to MacIntyre’s essay, either by addressing his work directly or by amplifying his argument along other yet similar paths. The contributors to this volume are theologians, philosophers, civil and canon lawyers, and political scientists, who reflect on these issues from different disciplinary perspectives. Once the contributors’ essays were completed, MacIntyre responded with a closing essay. Throughout the book, the contributors ask: Can a persuasive case for a foundational morality be made etsi Deus daretur (as if God did not exist)? And, of course, persuasive to whom? The exchanges that take place between MacIntyre and his interlocutors result, not in answers, but in rigorous attempts at clarification. Intractable Disputes about the Natural Law will interest ethicists, moral theologians, and students and scholars of moral philosophy.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. iii-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-xi
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  1. Contributors
  2. p. xiii
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  1. Chapter 1: Intractable Moral Disagreements
  2. pp. 1-52
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  1. Chapter 2: Does the Natural Law Provide a Universally Valid Morality?
  2. pp. 53-95
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  1. Chapter 3: Moral Disagreement and Interreligious Conversation: The Penitential Pace of Understanding
  2. pp. 97-129
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  1. Chapter 4: Prophetic Rhetoric and Moral Disagreement
  2. pp. 131-165
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  1. Chapter 5: After Intractable Moral Disagreement: The Catholic Roots of an Ethic of Political Reconciliation
  2. pp. 167-193
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  1. Chapter 6: Moral Disagreement and the Limits of Reason: Reflections on MacIntyre and Ratzinger
  2. pp. 195-226
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  1. Chapter 7: Ultimate Ends and Incommensurable Lives in Aristotle
  2. pp. 227-251
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  1. Chapter 8: The Foundation of Human Rights and Canon Law
  2. pp. 252-272
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  1. Chapter 9: The Fearful Thoughts of Mortals Aquinas on Conflict, Self-Knowledge, and the Virtues of Practical Reasoning
  2. pp. 273-312
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  1. Chapter 10: From Answers to Questions: A Response to the Responses
  2. pp. 313-351
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 353-374
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780268076849
Related ISBN
9780268022990
MARC Record
OCLC
776187333
Pages
392
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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