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The IncarnationAn Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Incarnation of the Son of God$
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Stephen T. Davis, Daniel Kendall SJ, and Gerald O'Collins SJ

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199248452

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199248451.001.0001

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The Incarnation and Virtue Ethics

The Incarnation and Virtue Ethics

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(p.313) 14 The Incarnation and Virtue Ethics
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Linda Zagzebski (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199248451.003.0014

Linda Zagzebski proposes a formal framework for an ethical theory in which the incarnation is central and the imitation of Christ the basic normative idea. Her formal framework of exemplarism makes it possible to utilize the advantages of narrative ethics within a formal theory. She then sketches a practical form of exemplarist virtue theory that she calls Divine Motivation (DM) theory. In this theory, all evaluative concepts are derived from the concept of a good motive, and God's motives are the metaphysical ground for all value. Zagzebski argues that DM theory is more distinctively Christian than such law‐based theories as divine Command theory and Natural Law theory.

Keywords:   Divine command theory, Divine motivation, Imitation of Christ, narrative ethics, Natural Law theory, Zagzebski

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