Response as Responsibility. The Theocentric Foundations of Ethics

Uzoma G. Aligwekwe

ISBN 978-3-8325-1774-8
185 pages, year of publication: 2007
price: 40.50 €
Response as Responsibility is a contribution to the ongoing discussion about a sustainable foundation for contemporary ethical decision making. Whereas the anthropocentric ethical perspectives argue that considerations for morality are to be derived from purely human points of reference, contemporary theocentric ethical perspectives argue that such perspectives are myopic and they try to show their limitations. They plea for a normative criterion that centres not only around the question of what is good for man, but one that inclu des the question of what is good for whole creation and what is right for man in relation to the ordering of the natural and social worlds. The theological ethics of Richard H. Niebuhr is one of such theocentric ethical perspectives which sought to address these issues. This book examines the concept of God`s Sovereignty in Niebuhr`s response ethics and the idea of a responsible moral life that derives from such an understanding. It poses the question of whether Richard Niebuhr`s theocentric ethics can serve as a sufficient basis for contemporary moral decision making and sought to answer it by taking recourse to his available writings. Dr. rer.nat. Dr. theol. Uzoma G. Aligwekwe} is a psychologist, a theologian and a Roman Catholic priest. He received his Doctorate degrees in Theology and in Psychology from the University of Innsbruck, Austria. Uzoma is an independent researcher and works currently as a clinical psychologist at the Psychiatric Clinic Upper Wallis in Switzerland.

  • theocentric ethics
  • Richard Niebuhr
  • ethical decision making
  • moral life
  • concept of God
  • God's Sovereignty
  • Response
  • Responsibility


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