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The Responsible Self: An Essay in Christian Moral Philosophy

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The Responsible Self was H. Richard Niebuhr's most important work in Christian ethics. In it he probes the most fundamental character of the moral life and it stands today as a landmark contribution to the field.

The Library of Theological Ethics series focuses on what it means to think theologically and ethically. It presents a selection of important and otherwise unavaila
Paperback, 200 pages
Published July 19th 1999 by Westminster John Knox Press (first published March 1st 1978)
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Feb 23, 2009 Brett rated it really liked it
Provides the ethic of responsibility as another way of understanding Christian morality. As opposed to the dominant ethics, teleology, which understands right and wrong in comparison to ends (telos), and deontology, which sees right and wrong in terms of laws/commands, the ethic of responsibility sees right and wrong as the fitting response to the action--in community--of the One who reconciled us through his trust to the point of death and answered in the resurrection. It is an easier read than ...more
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Unclear that the "responsible" symbol accomplishes things that the "man as maker" or teleological approach cannot do. Especially with regards to Niebuhr's claim about the self as communal and historical - these seem like things that an Aristotelian / Teleological approach are also capable of embodying.
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Revolutionized the way I think about ethics. The Niebuhr's (either one of them) always impress.
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I read this book a really long time ago. I want to reread to form a solid impression.
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I think this is one of his better works, albeit ignored. Focuses on what responsibility means in our society and culture.
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Helmut Richard Niebuhr was one of the most important Christian theological-ethicists in 20th century America, most known for his 1951 book Christ and Culture and his posthumously published book The Responsible Self. The younger brother of theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, Richard Niebuhr taught for several decades at Yale Divinity School. His theology (together with that of his colleague at Yale, Hans ...more
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