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Divine Motivation Theory


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Part I. Motivation-Based Virtue Ethics: 1. Constructing an ethical theory; 2. Making emotion primary; 3. Goods and virtues; 4. Acts and obligation; Part II. Divine Motivation Theory: 5. The virtues of God; 6. The moral importance of the incarnation; 7. The paradoxes of perfect goodness; 8. The problem of evil; Part III. Ethical Pluralism: 9. Ideal observers, ideal agents, and moral diversity.

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At the core of this book lies a form of virtue theory based on emotions.

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Linda Trinkaus Zagzebski is Kingfisher College Chair of the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oklahoma.


'Divine Motivation Theory is an ambitious and wide-ranging book which traverses territories familiar to moral philosophy, theology and the philosophy of religion.' The Times Literary Supplement '... written in a clear and accesible style... even when one disagrees with what is being said, one cannot help but be glad that it's been said and said so clearly.' Ars Disputandi

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