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Secular Ethical Theories Laying the Philosophical Groundwork for a Distinctive Catholic Ethics.

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1 Secular Ethical Theories Laying the Philosophical Groundwork for a Distinctive Catholic Ethics

2 Ethics and Philosophy Philosophy is often divided into a number of categories or expertises Philosophy is often divided into a number of categories or expertises MetaphysicsMetaphysics EpistemologyEpistemology LogicLogic AestheticsAesthetics Political/Social PhilosophyPolitical/Social Philosophy Historical PhilosophyHistorical Philosophy EthicsEthics

3 Ethics and Its Role Derived from Gr. Ethos = character Derived from Gr. Ethos = character Deals with the decisions one makes and the kind of person one becomes b/c of decisionsDeals with the decisions one makes and the kind of person one becomes b/c of decisions Recursive => we decide b/c of the kind of person we are; we are the kind of person we are b/c of the decisions we make Recursive => we decide b/c of the kind of person we are; we are the kind of person we are b/c of the decisions we make Catholic ethics will assume faith as a first principle Catholic ethics will assume faith as a first principle Secular ethics will not assume faith, but have other assumptions that ground its logicSecular ethics will not assume faith, but have other assumptions that ground its logic

4 How Do We Reason? Use guidelines Use guidelines Examine the context and case Examine the context and case Casuistical traditionCasuistical tradition Eg. Common Law Eg. Common Law Look at potential results Look at potential results Look at secondary effects Look at secondary effects


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