The Evolution of Altruism and the Ordering of Love
In the context of Catholic ethics, Pope points out functional similarities between Thomas Aquinas's use of then-available scientific theories in his interpretation of the natural basis of primary relationships and Pope's own efforts to avoid the deficiencies that characterize contemporary Catholic interpretations of love based on personalism and existentialism. He concludes with a call for a multidimensional interpretation of love, one that incorporates scientifically-based theories about human nature together with an appreciation of the significance of motives, intentions, and freedom, for the ordering of human affections and moral responsibility. This book will be of interest to moral theologians, especially those concerned with the topics of love, justice, and natural law ethics.
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"Pope has emerged as a leading voice both in the theological analysis of the nature of love and in the relation of Christian love to evolutionary theories of altruism. This book is among the most persuasive recent studies in theological ethics and will become a benchmark for informed future discussions."—Theological Studies
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