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TMCE 8551 Moral Authority, Conscience, Virtue, Natural Law (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

This seminar will investigate the themes of individual moral authority, conscience, virtue in relation to an understanding, integration, and pastoral application with the natural moral law. After a historical overview of the development of these notions we will move to a consideration of how Church teaching, Christian ethicians, moral theologians, pastoral ministers, and other experts in the social sciences have approached these topics in the last fifty years, including understandings of common morality, moral norms, intrinsically evil acts, epikeia, doing evil to achieve good, conscience development of conscience and formation of character, as well as practical applications of these themes.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): James Bretzke, S.J.

Prerequisites: One course in either philosophical or theological ethics at undergraduate or graduate level.

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Last Updated: 17-Feb-15