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Choice, character, virtue, and emotion: towards an integrated account of moral agency

Rufus Black

in Christian Moral Realism

Published in print March 2001 | ISBN: 9780198270201
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683947 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198270201.003.0005

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

Choice, character, virtue, and emotion: towards an integrated account of moral agency

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This chapter probes whether a dramatic shift away from principles and practical reason is necessary in order to articulate Hauerwas's concerns about character and virtue. It further proposes that if it transpires that Grisez's account of practical reason does not, in fact, require a flight from principle in order to do justice to the notions of character and virtue, then the possibility of a rich form of complementarity between narrative and practical reason in the task of directing people towards human wholeness will arise. The chapter also shows that both Grisez and Hauerwas consider it important that moral theory takes account of character and possesses essentially complementary descriptions of the way in which character is formed. It emphasizes that central to this commonality is the concern of both accounts to direct the whole person towards the image of wholeness displayed in the gospels and the life of the Church.

Keywords: principles and practical reason; Hauerwas; character and virtue; Grisez; human wholeness; moral theory; gospels; Church

Chapter.  26900 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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