Friends and Other Strangers: Studies in Religion, Ethics, and Culture by Richard Miller

Friends and Other Strangers: Studies in Religion, Ethics, and Culture

byRichard Miller

Hardcover | July 5, 2016

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Friends and Other Strangers argues for expanding the field of religious ethics to address the normative dimensions of culture, interpersonal desires, friendships and family, and institutional and political relationships. Richard B. Miller urges religious ethicists to turn to cultural studies to broaden the range of the issues they address and to examine matters of cultural practice and cultural difference in critical and self-reflexive ways.

Friends and Other Strangers critically discusses the ethics of ethnography; ethnocentrism, relativism, and moral criticism; empathy and the ethics of self-other attunement; indignation, empathy, and solidarity; the meaning of moral responsibility in relation to children and friends; civic virtue, war, and alterity; the normative and psychological dimensions of memory; and religion and democratic public life. Miller challenges distinctions between psyche and culture, self and other, and uses the concepts of intimacy and alterity as dialectical touchstones for examining the normative dimensions of self-other relationships. A wholly contemporary, global, and interdisciplinary work, Friends and Other Strangers illuminates aspects of moral life ethicists have otherwise overlooked.

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Richard B. Miller is the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor at the University of Chicago Divinity School and the author of Terror, Religion, and Liberal Thought (Columbia, 2010).

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Title:Friends and Other Strangers: Studies in Religion, Ethics, and CultureFormat:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.03 inPublished:July 5, 2016Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231174888

ISBN - 13:9780231174886

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AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Friends and Other StrangersPart I: Religion, Ethics, and the Human Sciences1. What Is Religious Ethics?2. On Making a Cultural Turn in Religious Ethics3. Moral Authority and Moral Criticism in an Age of Ethnocentric AnxietyPart II: Selves and Others4. The Ethics of Empathy5. Indignation, Empathy, and Solidarity6. On Duties and Debts to Children7. Evil, Friendship, and Iconic Realism in Augustine's ConfessionsPart III: Communities and Institutions8. Just War, Civic Virtue, and Democratic Social Criticism: Augustinian Reflections9. The Moral and Political Burdens of Memory10. Religion, Public Reason, and the Morality of Democratic AuthorityEpilogue: Signposts of the Past and for the FutureNotesIndex

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