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Reframing Catholic Theological Ethics$
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Joseph A. Selling

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198767121

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198767121.001.0001

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Framing Ethical Behaviour

Framing Ethical Behaviour

(p.169) 7 Framing Ethical Behaviour
Reframing Catholic Theological Ethics

Joseph A. Selling

Oxford University Press

The complete moral event is a complex unity of various parts that can be examined independently. Traditional moral theology recognized this and incorporated it into its method. By suggesting that one should begin practical ethical analysis with an examination of intention, one does not thereby imply that acts and circumstances are any less important than the more traditional approach would suppose. The advantage of approaching the analysis of the moral event by starting with intention is that it helps us to understand that behaviour must always be seen in function of moving one toward an end or goal. Nevertheless, it is important to examine human behaviour on its own so that we know what we are dealing with before engaging in the analysis of particular cases.

Keywords:   moral event, intention, behaviour, good and bad, good and evil, right and wrong, proportion, ontic evil

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