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    Revelatory Texts and Moral Lives: Reinterpreting the Specificity of Christian Morality Through a Ricoeurian Hermeneutic

    Mealey, Ann Marie (2005) Revelatory Texts and Moral Lives: Reinterpreting the Specificity of Christian Morality Through a Ricoeurian Hermeneutic. PhD thesis, Pontifical University, St Patrick's College, Maynooth.

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    This thesis will attempt to show how the work of the French philosopher Paul Ricoeur can help to move discussions about the specificity of Christian morality beyond the search for specifically Christian norms and principles to emphasise the importance of the biblical narrative in answering the ‘Who?’ of personal identity. It will also show how Ricoeur’s work is useful in determining how the Bible can help to deepen our understanding of the virtues by providing us with paradigmatic examples of what virtuous behaviour looks like. It will be argued that the similarities between a Ricoeurian interpretation of the Glaubensethik/Autonomy debate and currents trends in virtue ethics and spirituality make it an attractive alternative to the search for specifically Christian norms and values. The key to understanding Christian morality is not to be found in a search for norms and principles but in the particular way the Christian community understands itself. Stories and practices supplement ethics with the kind of personalism that was lacking in traditional moral theology. The study will further demonstrate that Ricoeur’s understanding of history and tradition can provide a way of answering to the respective concerns of the Autonomy and Glaubensethik schools vis-à-vis tradition without showing a bias towards one or the other. Later sections will show how Ricoeur’s work can provide us with a model for understanding how Christians can dialogue with the rest of world without being forced to abandon the narrative that continues to shape their lives.

    Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
    Keywords: Moral Lives; Christian Morality; Ricoeurian Hermeneutic;
    Academic Unit: St Patrick's College, Maynooth > Faculty of Theology
    Item ID: 5081
    Depositing User: IR eTheses
    Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2014 08:01
      Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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