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Content and Context in Theological Ethics

Reading Karl Barth, Interrupting Moral Technique, Transforming Biomedical Ethics

Authors: Moyse, Ashley John

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This volume proposes a move away from the universalized and general modern ethical method, as it is currently practiced in biomedical ethics, while aiming toward a decision making process rooted in an ontology of relationality. Moyse uses the theological ethics of Karl Barth, in conversation with a range of thinkers, to achieve this turn.

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Ashley John Moyse is a Research Associate at both Vancouver School of Theology at the University of British Columbia, Canada, and Trinity College at the University of Divinity, Melbourne, Australia. His research has been presented and published internationally. He is also a co-editor of the forthcoming Correlating Sobornost: Karl Barth in Conversation with the Russian Orthodox Tradition and The Church in Self-Dispossession: Select Writings of Donald M. MacKinnon.

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“The book demonstrates careful research, detailed argumentation, and creative connections between various fields. … Overall, I think Moyse succeeds in what he sets out to do. … his work adeptly connects theology and bioethics in surprising and helpful ways. … Moyse does an excellent job of showing how theology can interrupt and potentially transform bioethics in a way that refuses to retreat into abstractions and instead meets individual patients where they are: in the heat of crisis.” (Jacob Shatzer, Ethics & Medicine, Vol. 33 (1), 2017)


'This book persuasively diagnoses and critiques a widely-held foundational belief that biomedical ethics can operate according to a neutral and universal common morality applicable in all contexts. Moyse's challenge to this consensus view deserves to be widely read.' - David Clough, Professor of Theological Ethics, University of Chester, UK

'Moyse brings us a vital and fresh perspective on Christian ethics and the nature of human flourishing. He offers a deep challenge to the idea of 'common morality,' arguing that such an assumption inevitably ends in sin and idolatry. This book will be a powerful challenge to many healthcare disciplines and those who seek to reflect theologically on principles and practice.' - John Swinton, Chair in Divinity and Religious Studies, King's College, University of Aberdeen, UK

'Moyse offers an important post-modern treatment of moral method that identifies how the separation of analysis (techne) from ontology disorders, even brutalizes, moral decision making where human flourishing is concerned. Alternatively, it introduces a moral decision making process rooted in an ontology of relationality. Moyse uses the theology/ontology of Karl Barth to achieve this move. The interdisciplinary approach is welcome and reflective of a current intellectual climate in which greater respect for the local and particular are coming into their own.' - Richard Topping, Principal, Professor of Studies in the Reformed Tradition, Vancouver School of Theology, Canada

'Moyse's book exhibits in a fresh way the fruitfulness of Barth's moral reasoning on the flourishing of life as the end of God's action ad extra. Thinking, in, with, and through Barth, the study tackles with considerable skill the current state of bioethical reasoning, and not only pertinently interrogates its claims about shared moral value but indicates the crucial stake that a theological account has in such matters of life and death.' - John C. McDowell, Director of Research, Professor of Theology, University of Divinity (Melbourne), Australia

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Reading Karl Barth, Interrupting Moral Technique, Transforming Biomedical Ethics
Authors
Series Title
Content and Context in Theological Ethics
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Ashley John Moyse
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-53459-0
DOI
10.1057/9781137534590
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-53690-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 263
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