The Responsible Self: An Essay in Christian Moral Philosophy (Library of Theological Ethics)

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The Responsible Self was H. Richard Niebuhr's most important work in Christian ethics. In it he probes the most fundamental character of the moral life and it stands today as a landmark contribution to the field.

The Library of Theological Ethics series focuses on what it means to think theologically and ethically. It presents a selection of important and otherwise unavailable texts in easily accessible form. Volumes in this series will enable sustained dialogue with predecessors though reflection on classic works in the field.

Product Details

  • Series: Library of Theological Ethics
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press; New edition edition (July 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0664221521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664221522
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces

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A Seminal Essay on Moral Philosophy from a Christian Perspective

2 people found this helpful.
 on May 14, 2014
By thomas j. zwemer
This essay was a position paper written for academic colleagues. It subsequently found interest among those with a passion for ethics and its moral foundation. Most ethical propositions are based upon a Greek foundation rather than from a Christian perspective. I found it heavy going, but worth the effort.

the importance of responsibility

43 people found this helpful.
 on January 27, 2000
By Karen Lebacqz
H. Richard Niebuhr’s The Responsible Self is a classic in Christian ethics. Niebuhr argues that humans are neither simply ‘goal seeking’ creatures nor simply ‘rule-following’ creatures, but are ‘responsive’ and hence, responsible. We are ‘answerers’ who must first ask “What is going on here?” and then respond to that assessment with a ‘fitting’ answer. The importance of this short and readable work should not be underestimated. Niebuhr’s approach spawned an interest in perspective and vision in ethics that is carried on by contemporary thinkers such as James Gustafson and Stanley Hauerwas.


2 people found this helpful.
 on October 11, 2011
By Isaac Schoepp
Niebuhr’s examination of “The Responsible Self” offers a new way to look at ethics. He does not propose that we ignore the historical ways of viewing ethics (ie. virtue) but he shows where they fail to explore all of the relationships involved. Niebuhr uses the term “responsibility” in a creative and inventive way. I wasn’t convinced, but I was certainly challenged

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