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The Ethics of Everyday LifeMoral Theology, Social Anthropology, and the Imagination of the Human$
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Michael Banner

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198722069

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198722069.001.0001

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Moral Theology, Moral Philosophy, Social Anthropology, and the State We Are In

Moral Theology, Moral Philosophy, Social Anthropology, and the State We Are In

On (the Lack of) Everyday Ethics

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The Ethics of Everyday Life
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Michael Banner

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198722069.003.0002

This book outlines an everyday Christian ethics: an ethics which Christianly imagines the fundamental moments of the human life course and in dialogue with alternative imaginations of human being. This chapter argues that the challenge of providing such an ethics is the greater because of deficient and dominant self‐understandings in moral theology and moral philosophy, and consequent misrelations between these disciplines and social anthropology. It suggests that moral theology is misconceived as essentially an ethics of hard cases, that moral philosophy generally fails to reckon with moral practice, and so itself contributes to moral theology's misdirection, and that social anthropology provides a more promising partner for a more adequate Christian ethics. The chapter closes with a treatment of the Mérode Altarpiece as inviting the viewer, as this book invites the reader, to imagine human life in the light of the life of Christ.

Keywords:   history of moral theology, Christian ethics, history of moral philosophy, Kant, social anthropology, anthropology of morality, anthropology of Christianity, everyday life, Mérode Altarpiece

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