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Ethics: Approaching Moral Decisions
With over 60,000 copies in print since its original publication in 1984, Ethics has served numerous generations of students as a classic introduction to philosophical ethics from a Christian perspective. Over the years the philosophical landscape has changed somewhat, and in this second edition Arthur Holmes adjusts the argument and information throughout, completely rewri ...more
Paperback, 150 pages
Published November 29th 2007 by IVP Academic
(first published March 1st 1984)
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Feb 11, 2013 Timothy Darling rated it 4 of 5 stars
More than Wright, Holmes ascribes to an ethic that involves rules as means for an external control on moral habit formation. He too, however, follows an Aristotelian emphasis on the Telos, goals in the ultimate human virtues: Courage, Self-control, Wisdom, and Justice; drawing in Aquinas's Faith, Hope and Love (which are so clearly drawn from Paul that one wonders why they are attributed to Aquinas). But Holmes leaves his "list" of virtues open mentioning the Fruit of the Spirit and even vaguer ...more
This book presented interesting ideas about ethics but the information was lost by the over use of rhetorical questions. The passive writing style took away the impact of the ideas presented. The author does a reasonable job maintaining their conservative perspective without passing judgment or belittling others. If you can overlook the pages of rhetorical questions you will likely find thought provoking material regardless of your theological stance of the issues presented.
By far the best book I read in my PHIL201 class, though I know that's a pretty sad endorsement. Holmes does a good job of laying out the various consequentialist and deontological theories of ethics before moving on to a discussion of virtue ethics. There are even a few jokes.
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