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Author Byerly, T. Ryan.

Title Putting Others First : the Christian Ideal of Others-Centeredness
Published Milton : Routledge, 2018
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Description 1 online resource (201 pages)
Series Routledge Studies in Ethics and Moral Theory Ser
Routledge Studies in Ethics and Moral Theory Ser
Contents Cover; Half Title; Series Page; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Acknowledgments; Preface; 1 Putting Others First as the Character Trait of Others-Centeredness; 1 Others-Centeredness as a Character Trait; 2 A Distinctive Approach to Religious Virtue Theory; 3 Summary of Chapters; 2 Others-Centeredness in the New Testament; 1 The Puzzle of Putting Others First; 2 The Text and Context of Philippians 2:3; 3 Others-Centeredness Elsewhere in the New Testament; 4 An Alternative Interpretation of Philippians 2:3; 5 Toward a New Testament Theology of Others-Centeredness
1.1 Russell on the Enumeration Problem1.2 Others-Centeredness and Humility; 1.3 Others-Centeredness and Generosity; 1.4 Others-Centeredness and Love; 2 Others-Centeredness and Opposing Vices; 3 Conclusion; 6 The Science of Others-Centeredness; 1 Contextualizing the Scientific Study of Others-Centeredness; 2 The Existence of Others-Centeredness; 3 Predictors of Others-Centeredness; 4 Predictions of Others-Centeredness; 5 Conclusion; Index
3 Others-Centeredness as a Moral Ideal1 The Values of Interpersonal Union; 2 The Positive Normative Status of Others-Centeredness; 2.1 Consequentialism and Others-Centeredness; 2.2 Deontology and Others-Centeredness; 2.3 Virtue Ethics and Others-Centeredness; 3 Others-Centeredness and Christian Metaphysics; 4 Conclusion; 4 Objections to Others-Centeredness; 1 Others-Centeredness and the Egoism Versus Altruism Debate; 2 Others-Centeredness and Harm to Self and Other; 3 Conclusion; 5 Others-Centeredness, Virtue, and Vice; 1 Others-Centeredness and Similar Virtues
Summary When deciding what to do, is it best to treat one's own interests as more important than the interests of others, others' interests as more important than one's own, or one's own and others' interests as equally important? This book develops an account of others-centeredness, a way of putting others first in the process of deciding what to do. Over the course of six chapters, Putting Others First investigates other-centeredness by drawing upon a wide range of academic disciplines including biblical studies, feminist scholarship, philosophy, psychology, and theology. The author begins by explaining the nature of others-centeredness as a character trait in detail and connecting it with other contemporary projects in virtue theory. He argues that foundational texts of the New Testament can be plausibly read as advocating for others-centeredness. He then develops a provisional case for the value of others-centeredness from the perspective of each of the three major approaches to normative ethics: consequentialism, deontology, and virtue ethics. Next, the author confronts challenging questions about the value of others-centeredness, including whether others-centeredness requires an impossibly strong sort of altruism, whether it leads its possessors into self-destructive relationships, and whether it leads to offering help that hurts others. Finally, he examines the place of others-centeredness within a person's moral psychology by considering the relationship between it and other virtues and vices, and reviews relevant scientific findings that illuminate the value and causal role of others-centeredness
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Character -- Religious aspects -- Christianity
Generosity -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Sacrifice -- Christianity.
Beacon Project.
Character -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Christian ethics.
Generosity -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
New Testament.
PHILOSOPHY -- Ethics & Moral Philosophy.
Philippians 2:1-5.
RELIGION -- Christian Theology -- Ethics.
Sacrifice -- Christianity.
T. Ryan Byerly.
biblical studies.
moral life.
moral psychology.
virtue ethics.
virtue theory.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0429462565