Beyond Bumper Sticker Ethics (Expanded)


Preface And Acknowledgments
1. Bumper Stickers And Ethical Systems
2. When In Rome, Do As The Romans Do: Cultural Relativism
3. Look Out For Number One: Ethical Egoism
4. I Couldn’t Help Myself: Behaviorism
5. Survival Of The (Ethical) Fittest: Evolutionary Ethics
6. The Greatest Happiness: Utilitarianism
7. It’s Your Duty: Kantian Ethics
8. Be Good: Virtue Ethics
9. The Moral Of The Story Is . . . : Narrative Ethics
10. All You Need Is Love: Situation Ethics
11. Doing What Comes Naturally: Natural Law Ethics
12. God Said It, I Believe It, That Settles It: Divine Command Theory
13. Unraveling The Options

Additional Info
Ideas have consequences. And sometimes those ideas can be squeezed in to slogans, slapped on bumper stickers and tweeted into cyberspace. These compact messages coming at us from all directions often compress in a few words entire ethical systems. It turns out that there’s a lot more to the ideas behind these slogans–ideas that need to be sorted out before we make important moral decisions as individuals or as societies.

In this revised and expanded edition of Steve Wilkens’s widely-used text, the author has updated his introductions to basic ethical systems:

cultural relativism
ethical egoism
situation ethics
Kantian ethics
virtue ethics
natural law ethics
divine command theory

He has also added two new chapters:

evolutionary ethics
narrative ethics

With clarity and wit Wilkens unpacks the complicated ideas behind the slogans and offers Christian evaluations of each.


SKU (ISBN): 9780830839360
ISBN10: 0830839364
Steve Wilkens
Binding: Trade Paper
Published: September 2011
Publisher: InterVarsity Press

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