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TITLE Principles of Moral Theology: Select Issues

LEVEL 04 - Years 4, 5 in Modular UG or PG Cert Course


DEPARTMENT Moral Theology

DESCRIPTION Pre-requisite:

Basic studies in Theology or in a relevant area of studies


The objectives of the study-unit are: (i) to focus on issues of Christian moral life that are of particular importance today; (ii) to investigate the argument that has evolved in the course of the Christian tradition on such issues; (iii) to bring out the important of these issues for the renewal of Christian moral life and moral theology.

The first part of the study-unit will consider human desire from a variety of perspectives to show its importance and implications as a basic principle of moral life in general and Christian life in particular. The question of desire and transcendence will be discussed as a background to other aspects, namely, the direction of desire through reason and grace and the purification of desire through the use of appropriate imagery.

The second part will study some of the more recent attempts to re-conceptualise natural law in terms of human dignity and human rights and to elaborate a comprehensive ethical theory combining the teleological, deontological and decisional aspects of moral life.

Reading List:

- CATES Diana Fritz, Choosing to Feel: Virtue, Friendship and Compassion for Friends, /Indiana 1997.
- FINNIS John, Natural Law and Natural Rights, Oxford 1980.
- NUSSBAUM Marths, The Therapy of Desire: Theory and Practice in Hellenistic Ehtics, /New Jersey 1994.
- PORTER Jean, Natural and Divine Law: Reclaiming the Tradition for Christian Ethics, Cambridge 1999.
- RICOEUR Paul, Oneself as Another, trans. by Kathleen Blarney, Chicago - London 1990.
- TAYLOR Charles, Catholic Modernity.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 33%
Assignment Yes 33%
Assignment Yes 33%

LECTURER/S Nadia Delicata
Robert Soler

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