Ephraim Radner, Hosean Wilderness, and the Church in the Post-Christendom West offers the first monograph-length treatment of the compelling and perplexing contemporary Anglican theologian Ephraim Radner. While unravelling his distinctive approach to biblical hermeneutics and ecclesiology, it queries the state of today's secularized church through a theological interpretation of an equally enigmatic writer: the prophet Hosea. It concludes that an eschatological posture of waiting and a heuristic of poesis should dictate the church's shape for an era in which God is stripping the church of its foregoing institutional forms.
The English-German collection
Herder on Empathy and Sympathy/
Einfühlung und Sympathie im Denken Herders considers the meaning and role of the concepts of empathy and sympathy in Herder’s thought. Herder invokes sympathy in a number of disciplinary domains ranging from metaphysics, biology, anthropology, epistemology, psychology, morality, politics, history, aesthetics to homiletics. It shows that while Herder belongs to a long line of thinkers who view sympathy as a metaphysical principle contributing to the interconnectedness of all parts of nature, he offers new insights about intra-/inter-species sympathetic communication and distinctively human varieties of sympathy for which he reserves the term “sich einfühlen”. Acknowledging the limits of the natural capacity for “sich einfühlen”, Herder nonetheless calls for its reflective cultivation in various domains.
What, in Matthew’s view, should a human being become and how does one attain that ideal? In
The Sermon on the Mount and Spiritual Exercises: The Making of the Matthean Self, George Branch-Trevathan presents a new account of Matthew’s ethics and argues that the evangelist presents the Sermon on the Mount as functioning like many other ancient sayings collections, that is, as facilitating transformative work on oneself, or “spiritual exercises,” that enable one to realize the evangelist’s ideals. The conclusion suggests some implications for our understanding of ethical formation in antiquity and the study of ethics more generally. This will be an essential volume for scholars studying the Gospel of Matthew, early Christian ethics, the relationships between early Christian and ancient philosophical writings, or ethical formation in antiquity.
What ought individual agents do with regard to climate change? This book challenges the common intuition that every individual agent is morally required to do her bit by refraining from individual polluting actions and still does not leave individuals off the hook.
Climate change requires an extremely ambitious, collective solution. This book defends the primacy of promotional duties and focuses on getting individuals as members of society involved. By taking a rights-based approach, it provides a profound normative basis to lead a heated discussion e.g. with regard to what can reasonably be demanded of individuals. Next to addressing duties of specific groups of agents such as young parents, this book aims to derive concrete recommendations for action. But, more broadly, it aims to empower individual agents to finally be able to make a meaningful difference in the global fight against climate change.
Is it permissible to kill an innocent person against her will in order to prevent several other innocent persons from being killed against their will? The answer to which this essay comes after extensive discussion is – under certain conditions and limitations – affirmative.
On the way to this answer, the book offers a comprehensive in-depth discussion of so-called deontic restrictions – that is, the idea of an action’s being prohibited in circumstances in which performing it once would be the only way to prevent its being performed multiple times. It offers a comprehensive in-depth discussion of existing approaches to justify deontic restrictions – where many of these approaches undergo a deeper critical examination for the first time ever. In addition, the book clarifies some adjoining questions, such as why deontic restrictions are often perceived as problematic or how the concept of agent-relativity should best be understood and formalized. Put into broader perspective, the conclusions offered should have a bearing on a number of debates in normative ethics, not least on the debate between deontologists and consequentialist.
Die Technisierung der Natur und des menschlichen Körpers droht außer Kontrolle zu geraten. Der Ethik muss es um Kriterien der Passung von Technik, Natur und Menschenwürde gehen. Ihre Methode ist eine historisch belehrte Vernunft.
In der gegenwärtigen Phase der ökonomisch-technischen Entwicklung werden Natur und Mensch zunehmend zum Material der Perfektionierung. Spontaneität und Mannigfaltigkeit drohen zu verschwinden. Autonome Lebensführung wird technischen Imperativen der Leistungssteigerung unterworfen. In diesem Buch geht es um Kriterien der Richtung und der Begrenzung technischer „Verbesserung“. Sie entstammen begrifflichen und historischen Überlegungen über eine erstrebenswerte („gute“) Welt und die Rechte des Menschen. Dazu gehört eine Natur des Gedeihens mannigfaltiger Lebensformen und eine Kultur der Anerkennung von Menschenwürde und kultureller Vielfalt.
Are animals mentally stuck in the present, unable to think beyond the here and now, or are they mental time travelers, capable of planning ahead in time? And why should this matter to us?
Planning for the Future provides a thorough conceptual clarification of the most important but ambiguously used concepts in the debate and differentiates between two types of planning. In analyzing several influential studies with birds and apes, the book concludes that there is indeed evidence for anticipatory planning in some animals, but not for strategic planning so far. In a chapter of its own, ethical consequences regarding the wrongness of killing animals from utilitarian and animal rights perspectives are laid out. Do at least some animals have a strong interest in continuing to live? Should they even be ascribed with a right not to be killed? And why might the awareness of our own mortality hinder us in finding answers?
Personhood and personality are essential features of human persons. Following the debate concerning ‘personal identity’ the metaphysical and the practical dimension of our personal lifeform are made explicit.The search for criteria for personal identity on the one hand and for person-making characteristics on the other hand are at the center of the philosophy of person. In this book the various dimensions of the personal lifeform of human beings which have been debated in analytical philosophy are examined. Thereby a new systematic conception is unfolded in which the metaphysical and the practical aspects of our personal lifeform are made explicit as a complex unity.
Ist die drohende Klimakatastrophe überhaupt noch abwendbar – und mit welchen politischen Mitteln? Extreme Dürre, Hungersnöte, Massenmigration und die exorbitanten Folgekosten des Klimawandels – all das ist Teil der wissenschaftlichen Diskussion über die möglichen Konsequenzen des anthropogenen Klimawandels. Diese Prognosen werfen zahlreiche normativ-ethische Fragen auf: Wer trägt eigentlich die Verantwortung für den Klimawandel? Was sind die Kosten und wie sollen sie gerecht verteilt werden? Lassen sich die dringend erforderlichen Maßnahmen zur Verringerung der Treibhausemissionen überhaupt im Rahmen nationaler Demokratien durchsetzen oder bedarf es starker internationaler Institutionen mit besonderen Machtbefugnissen? Der Band macht wichtige Beiträge zur Klimaethik erstmals in deutscher Sprache zugänglich. Neben zentralen Texten aus der internationalen Forschung finden sich die Debatte weiterführende Originalbeiträge.