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£64.00

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521817813
Published: 17/10/2002
Self love is an inescapable problem for ethics, yet much of contemporary ethics is reluctant to offer any normative moral anthropologies. Instead, secular ethics and contemporary culture promote a norm of self-realization which is subjective and uncritical. Christian ethics also fails to address this problem directly, because it tends to investigate self love within the context of conflicts between the self's interests and those of her neighbors. Self Love and Christian Ethics argues for right self love as the solution of proper self-relation that intersects with love for God and love for neighbor. Darlene Fozard Weaver explains that right self love entails a true self-understanding that is embodied in the person's concrete acts and relations. In making this argument, she calls upon ethicists to revisit ontological accounts of the self and to devote more attention to particular moral acts.

Darlene Fozard Weaver (Villanova University, Pennsylvania)

Darlene Fozard Weaver is Assistant Professor of Theology at the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, Villanova University.

"In her thorough study, a contribution to a prestigious series, Darlene Fozard Weaver addresses a central and fairly neglected theme: the meaning and moral implications of proper self-love." Theological Studies "This book provides very refreshing and illuminating perspective on many issues, as Weaver carefully brings out the insights of hermeneutical theories to the crowded and confused field of Christian discourse on love." Journal of Religion

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