Beyond Bumper Sticker Ethics An Introduction to Theories of Right and Wrong

ISBN-10: 0830815279

ISBN-13: 9780830815272

Edition: N/A

Authors: Steve Wilkens

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With this introductory text, Steve Wilkens takes a fresh, friendly approach to understanding and evaluating various ethical systems. Beginning each chapter with a "bumper sticker" slogan (If if feels good, do it. God told me...When in Rome...), he then moves on to examine the complex questions, conclusions and assumptions that lie at its heart.Wilkens acquaints students with the vast array of classic and contemporary approaches to ethics: cultural relativism, emotivism, behaviourism, hedonism, ethical egoism, atheistic existentialism, utilitarianism, categorical imperative, hierarchicalism, situation ethics, theistic existentialism, theological voluntarism, and natural law ethics. For each system, his thorough introduction explores its popular "bumper sticker" expression, its core assumptions and basic elements, the questions that give rise to it, and its strengths and weaknesses.Students, professors and general readers will welcome Wilken's engaging text which simultaneously offers a well-rounded assessment of ethical systems and shows the relevance and prevalence of ethical ideas in daily life.
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List price: $16.00
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 11/7/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 203
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Steve Wilkens (Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary) is professor of philosophy and ethics at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. He has also taught as an adjunct faculty member at Mount San Antonio College, Glendale Community College, Fuller Theological Seminary and Azusa Pacific University's C. P. Haggard Graduate School of Theology. His books includeGood Ideas from Questionable Christians and Outright Pagans,Christianity & Western Thought, Volume 2: Faith and Reason in the Nineteenth Century(coauthored with Alan Padgett) andBeyond Bumper Sticker Ethics. He is also coeditor with Paul Shrier and Ralph P. Martin ofChristian Calling, Christian College: Higher Education in the Service of the Church.

Preface & Acknowledgments
Bumper Stickers & Ethical Systems
When in Rome, Do as the Romans Do: Cultural Relativism
Look Out for Number One: Ethical Egoism
I Couldn't Help Myself: Behaviorism
The Greatest Happiness: Utilitarianism
It's Your Duty: Kantian Ethics
Be Good: Virtue Ethics
All You Need Is Love: Situation Ethics
Doing What Comes Naturally: Natural Law Ethics
God Said It, I Believe It, That Settles It: Divine Command Theory
Unraveling the OptionsNotes
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