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Refined Consequentialism: The Moral Theory of Richard A. McCormick

Tully, Patrick Andrew

Published by Peter Lang International Academic Publishers
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Title: Refined Consequentialism: The Moral Theory ...

Publisher: Peter Lang International Academic Publishers

Binding: Hardcover

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Num Pages: 178 pages. BIC Classification: HP; HRAM1; HRCC2. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 160 x 273 x 16. Weight in Grams: 476. . 2006. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780820486253

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Synopsis: Refined Consequentialism critically examines the moral vision offered by the late Richard A. McCormick, the premier American Catholic moral theologian of the post-Vatican II era. Taking a philosophical approach to a debate carried on primarily by moral theologians, the author presents a forceful case that McCormick?s brand of proportionalism belongs in the ranks of consequentialist moral theories. In doing so, the author stakes out a clear position on one side of a crucial debate that goes to the heart of the Catholic and Christian moral tradition. This book may serve as a text in both undergraduate and graduate courses that deal with contemporary Catholic (and secular) moral thought. A broader public ? one interested in the history of moral theology and in the ethical-theoretical underpinnings of the current debates within the churches on euthanasia, supporting pro-choice politicians, and removal of nutrition and hydration from gravely ill patients ? will also find this book of great interest.

From the Back Cover: "Refined Consequentialism: The Moral Theory of Richard A. McCormick makes a significant contribution to the literature focusing on contempo-rary debates within Roman Catholic moral theology over the proper way to determine whether human actions are morally good or not. The intro-ductory chapter is concerned with the meaning of ?consequentialism? in contemporary ethical discussions, and the second traces the develop-ment of ?proportionalism,? which in reality turns out to be a form of ?re-fined proportionalism,? through such Catholic authors as Peter Knauer, Joseph Fuchs, Louis Janssens, and McCormick. The third chapter is a very patient and comprehensive account of McCormick?s own sophisti-cated version of proportionalism, making it clear that McCormick?s pro-portionalism is indeed a ?refined consequentialism.? The final two chapters provide, in my opinion, an excellent critique of McCormick?s proportionalism and his consequentialitic defense of intending so-called pre-moral or non-moral evil for the sake of a ?proportionate? good." William E. May, Michael J. McGivney Professor of Moral Theology, John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. Washington, D.C.

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