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Christian Moral RealismNatural Law, Narrative, Virtue, and the Gospel$
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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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Choice, character, virtue, and emotion: towards an integrated account of moral agency

Choice, character, virtue, and emotion: towards an integrated account of moral agency

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(p.245) 5 Choice, character, virtue, and emotion: towards an integrated account of moral agency
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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/9780198270201.003.0005

This chapter probes whether a dramatic shift away from principles and practical reason is necessary in order to articulate Hauerwas's concerns about character and virtue. It further proposes that if it transpires that Grisez's account of practical reason does not, in fact, require a flight from principle in order to do justice to the notions of character and virtue, then the possibility of a rich form of complementarity between narrative and practical reason in the task of directing people towards human wholeness will arise. The chapter also shows that both Grisez and Hauerwas consider it important that moral theory takes account of character and possesses essentially complementary descriptions of the way in which character is formed. It emphasizes that central to this commonality is the concern of both accounts to direct the whole person towards the image of wholeness displayed in the gospels and the life of the Church.

Keywords:   principles and practical reason, Hauerwas, character and virtue, Grisez, human wholeness, moral theory, gospels, Church

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