Ethics at the Edges of Law makes the case that religious moralists should treat the discipline of law as a valuable conversation partner, rather than reducing it to a vehicle for enforcing judgments about morality and public policy. Religious moralists should treat the secular law as a source of moral wisdom and conceptual insight, in the same way that they treat the discipline of philosophy. Cathleen Kaveny develops her argument by showing how the work of a range of important contemporary figures in Christian ethics, including John Noonan, Stanley Hauerwas, and Margaret Farley, can be enriched and illuminated by engagement with particular aspects of the American legal tradition. The book is divided into three parts: Part I, "Narratives and Norms," examines how the workings of the legal tradition can shed light on the development of religious and moral traditions. Part II, "Love, Justice, and Law," uses particular legal cases and controversies to advance questions about the relationship of love and justice in Christian ethics. Part III, "Legal Categories and Theological Problems," shows how legal categories and concepts can help reframe and even resolve particular moral controversies within religious communities. Ethics at the Edges of Law jumpstarts a fruitful, mutually engaged conversation between the American legal tradition and the tradition of Christian ethics.
Cathleen Kaveny is the Darald and Juliet Libby Professor of Law and Theology at Boston College. She came to Boston College in 2014 after teaching for many years at the University of Notre Dame. She is a past president of the Society of Christian Ethics and chair of the board of trustees of the Journal of Religious Ethics.
Table of Contents
Part I Narratives and Norms
Chapter 1 Tradition and Development
- Engaging John T. Noonan, Jr.
Chapter 2 Creation and Covenant
- Engaging Stanley Hauerwas
Chapter 3 Examples and Rules
-Engaging Jeffrey Stout
Part II Love, Justice, and Law
Chapter 4 Neighbor Love and Legal Precedent
- Engaging Gene Outka
Chapter 5 Compassionate Respect and Victims' Voices
- Engaging Margaret Farley
Chapter 6 Covenant Fidelity and Culture Wars
- Engaging Paul Ramsey
Part III Legal Categories and Theological Problems
Chapter 7 Juridical Insights and Theological Disputes
- Engaging Robert E. Rodes, Jr.
Chapter 8 Second Chances and Statutes of Limitations
- Engaging Walter Kasper
Chapter 9 Legalism and Christian Ethics
- Engaging Grisez and Engelhardt