Ethics of Everyday Life: Moral Theology, Social Anthropology, and the Imagination of the Human

Hardcover | October 29, 2014

byMichael Banner

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Why do we have children and what do we raise them for? Does the proliferation of depictions of suffering in the media enhance, or endanger, compassion? How do we live and die well in the extended periods of debility which old age now threatens? Why and how should we grieve for the dead? Andhow should we properly remember other grief and grievances? In addressing such questions, the Christian imagination of human life has been powerfully shaped by the imagination of Christ's life Christs conception, birth, suffering, death, and burial have been subjects of profound attention in Christian thought, just as they are moments of special interest andconcern in each and every human life. However, they are also sites of contention and controversy, where what it is to be human is discovered, constructed, and contested. Conception, birth, suffering, burial, and death are occasions, in other words, for profound and continuing questioning regardingthe meaning of human life, as controversies to do with IVF, abortion, euthanasia, and the use of bodies and body parts post mortem, indicate. In The Ethics of Everyday Life, Michael Banner argues that moral theology must reconceive its nature and tasks if it is not only to articulate its own account of human being, but also to enter into constructive contention with other accounts. In particular, it must be willing to learn from andengage with social anthropology if it is to offer powerful and plausible portrayals of the moral life and answers to the questions which trouble modernity. Drawing in wide-ranging fashion from social anthropology and from Christian thought and practice from many periods, and influenced especially byhis engagement in public policy matters including as a member of the UK's Human Tissue Authority, Banner develops the outlines of an everyday ethics, stretching from before the cradle to after the grave.

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Why do we have children and what do we raise them for? Does the proliferation of depictions of suffering in the media enhance, or endanger, compassion? How do we live and die well in the extended periods of debility which old age now threatens? Why and how should we grieve for the dead? Andhow should we properly remember other grief ...

Michael Banner is Dean and Fellow at Trinity College, University of Cambridge. He has had wide involvement in ethical thinking and policy making in government and the private sector, as chair or member of committees across Whitehall Departments from Health to Defence. His publications include Christian Ethics: A Brief History (Wiley B...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:October 29, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface and acknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Moral Theology, Moral Philosophy, Social Anthropology, and the State We Are In: On (the Lack of) Everyday Ethics2. Conceiving Conception: On IVF, Virgin Births, and the Troubling of Kinship3. Being Born and Being Born Again: On Having or Not Having a Child of One's Own4. Regarding Suffering: On the Discovery of the Pain of Christ, the Politics of Compassion, and the Contemporary Mediation of the Woes of the World5. Dying and 'Death before Death': On Hospices, Euthanasia, Alzheimer's, and on (not) Knowing How to Dwindle6. Contesting Burial and Mourning: On Relics, Alder Hey, and Keeping the Dead Close7. Remembering Christ and Making Time Count: On the Practice and Politics of Memory8. In Conclusion: Some Final (but not Last) WordBibliographyIndex