Shared Morality, A: A Narrative Defense of Natural Law Ethics - eBook  -     By: Craig Boyd
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The contemporary landscape of ethical and moral issues is one of confusion and cacophony. Theories of ethics are often presented as unresolvable dilemmas in our postmodern world. On the one hand, ethical relativism is deemed both descriptive and prescriptive; on the other hand, moral absolutism is foundational. In reality, other options exist. In this groundbreaking book, Craig Boyd traces the history of natural law morality starting with the Greeks, taking it to the Bible, and onward through church history. Boyd explains the theory while critiquing it with other theories on morality such as divine command theory, analytic ethics, sociobiology, and postmodernism. Boyd concludes that natural law morality provides the basis of human morality by recognizing universally known features of human nature.

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Publisher's Description

Morality based on natural law has a long tradition, and has proven to be quite resilient in the face of numerous attacks and challenges over the years. Those challenges are no less serious today, which leads one to ask if natural law is still a viable foundation for ethics.

Craig Boyd provides a contemporary defense of natural law theory against modern challenges from the arenas of science, religion, culture, and philosophy. In his analysis, he defends many of the classical elements of natural law, but also takes into account the contributions of scientific discoveries about human nature. He concludes that natural law is a necessary but not sufficient basis for ethics that must be accompanied by a theory of virtue.

Author Bio

Craig A. Boyd (PhD, St. Louis University) is professor of philosophy and director of faith integration at Azusa Pacific University. He has published numerous journal articles and presented at many scholarly conferences.

Author Bio

Craig A. Boyd (PhD, St. Louis University) is professor of philosophy and director of faith integration at Azusa Pacific University. He has published numerous journal articles and presented at many scholarly conferences.

Endorsements

"Craig A. Boyd's A Shared Morality makes an important contribution to the literature on natural law and the virtues. Boyd offers a cogent and historically grounded account of why common human morality is best conceived along lines provided by the natural law tradition. He offers a clear normative thesis but is fair-minded to opposing positions and aware of the need for further work on the topic. This book will be especially interesting to those interested in issues of relativism, moral reasoning, and cross-cultural morality. It should be read by ethicists, theologians, and anyone concerned about the moral foundations of human rights and the common good." -Stephen J. Pope, author of The Ethics of Aquinas

"Natural law advocates and virtue 'theorists' have largely ignored one another. In this book, Boyd develops a constructive engagement between these positions to which I hope philosophers and theologians will attend. If they are like me, they will learn much from this book." -Stanley Hauerwas, author of The Peaceable Kingdom: A Primer in Christian Ethics

"Craig A. Boyd has developed a contemporary version of natural law ethics, drawing more on sociobiology and current concepts of nature than on Aristotelian metaphysics. Yet he follows Aquinas on the good life by tying natural law to virtue ethics, which in turn leads to a divine command theory of moral obligation. Add this to his vigorous response to analytic moral philosophy and to scientific and postmodern criticisms, and the result is a splendid treatment of contemporary philosophical ethics. The exposition is both clear and competent, his research thorough, and the argument persuasive. It's a book I strongly recommend for teacher and student alike." -Arthur Holmes, professor emeritus of philosophy, Wheaton College

Publisher Description

The contemporary ethical and moral landscape is one of confusion and cacophony. Theories of ethics are often presented in terms of the horns of a dilemma in our postmodern world. On the one hand, ethical relativism is deemed both descriptive and prescriptive; on the other hand, moral absolutism is foundational. In reality, other options exist. Craig A. Boyd presents the alternative of natural law morality in A Shared Morality: A Narrative Defense of Natural Law Ethics.

Throughout this text, Boyd traces the history of natural law morality from the Greeks, the Bible, and church history. Not only does Boyd explain this theory but he also compares it to and critiques it with other theories of morality: divine command theory, analytic ethics, sociobiology, and postmodernism. Readers will be surprised at Boyd's conclusion that natural law and virtue ethics complement one another. Natural law morality, in short, provides the basis of human morality by recognizing universally known features of human nature; these features can manifest themselves in myriad ways, depending on environment, culture, and custom.

This groundbreaking work will find a home in the bookshelves of college and seminary professors as well as students of philosophy, theology, and ethics.

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