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Rufus Black

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198270201

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198270201.001.0001

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‘Is’, ‘ought’ and theological ethics

‘Is’, ‘ought’ and theological ethics

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(p.1) 1 ‘Is’, ‘ought’ and theological ethics
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Christian Moral Realism
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Rufus Black

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198270201.003.0001

This chapter brings into focus the discussion about the renewal of Christian ethics participated in by three figures namely: Stanlely Hauerwas, one of the most influential Christian ethicists; Germain Grisez, an American lay Roman Catholic; and Oliver O'Donovan, a third party who asked penetrating questions of both natural law theory, including that produced by Grisez and his collaborators, and key features of Hauerwas's thought. It professes that the effect of the Grisez School's affirmation, of what is widely understood as Hume's contention that it is not logically possible to derive an ‘ought’ and from an ‘is’, is that the starting-point of moral reasoning must be practical reason (the sort of reason people use to plan action) and not theoretical reason (the type of reason that tests the truth of a proposition by seeking to establish its conformity to some prior reality, for example scientific reason).

Keywords:   renewal of Christian ethics, Stanley Hauerwas, Germain Grisez, American lay Roman Catholic, Oliver O'Donovan, natural law theory, Hume's contention, ought, is, moral reasoning

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