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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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Timothy Darling
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
Cheyanna
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.
Shay Hayford
this book challenges one to think more about his or her principles concerning certain moral choices
Jeffrey Backlin
One of the better introductions into ethics that I've read, this series is very good.
Chris Bloom
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.
Veda Sorrells
For my Philosophy class. Kind of confusing at times.
Jamie Pennington
Very good book. Much deeper than I thought it would be. Rich in depth and knowledge and a well rounded exposure to various thoughts and philosophies. I highly recomend.
Gregory Soderberg
Gives in too much to the spirit of the age!
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Arthur Frank Holmes (March 15, 1924 – October 8, 2011) was Professor of Philosophy at Wheaton College, Illinois (1951–1994). Before his retirement in 1994, he had served for several decades as Chairman of Wheaton's Department of Philosophy. Thereafter, he held the title of Professor Emeritus. After his retirement, he returned and taught half of the yearlong history of philosophy sequence, particul ...more
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