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The Self as Story: Religion and Morality from the Agent's Perspective

Stanley Hauerwas
The Journal of Religious Ethics
Vol. 1 (Fall, 1973), pp. 73-85
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40016702
Page Count: 13
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Abstract

Objecting to a restrictive view of morality that limits moral philosophy and religious ethics to what can be logically displayed, this essay seeks to expand our understanding of morality in a way that permits one to account for intentionality in the moral life. It claims that religion makes a contribution to our moral behavior beyond that of motivating one to be moral. The author argues that a right understanding of the relationship of thought and action is essential if we are correctly to understand the relationship of religion and morality. He concludes that "story" and principles have interdependent roles to play in the full variety of our moral life.

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