Graven Images: Substitutes for True Morality

                   


Graven Images: Substitutes for True Morality

With a new foreword by Rocco Buttiglione

Graven Images uses realist phenomenological method to distinguish true morality, especially Christian morality, from mores often substituted for morality, such as a focus on altruism, honor, or duty.


 

Rocco Buttiglione writes in his foreword to Graven Images: “When this book first appeared in 1957, it was a whirlwind of fresh air in the rather wooden categories...that dominated the field of moral theology and philosophy....The present book was very influential in the field of moral theology. The substitutes for true morality come in a great variety of forms that Hildebrand analyzes in detail...This all stands in contrast to situation ethics, which makes use of conceptual tools similar to those developed by Hildebrand to analyze an ethical decision in the concrete situation, but ends up accepting the substitutes for true morality.”

                   

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