Shaping the Moral Life

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96 pp., 6 x 9
ISBN: 9780878407910 (087840791X)

October 2000
LC: 00-027255

Moral Traditions series



Shaping the Moral Life
An Approach to Moral Theology
Klaus Demmer
Brian McNeil, Translator

Although he is one of the most influential Catholic theologians in Europe, very few of Klaus Demmer's writings are available in English. This translation of his well-known work on moral theology introduces Demmer's thought to English-speaking audiences.

In an original synthesis of scholastic and continental philosophy, Demmer brings the Catholic moral tradition into conversation with contemporary philosophical schools—transcendental, hermeneutical, and analytical—to fashion a moral theology in the spirit of the Second Vatican Council. He shows the richness of the neoscholastic tradition in shaping and being shaped by our contemporary self-understanding.

A complete bibliography of Demmer's works will assist readers in seeking out more of his writings.

Klaus Demmer, MSC is a member of the Order of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart. From 1970 to 2003 he was a professor of moral theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. This book was originally published as Introduzione alla Teologia Morale (1993).
James F. Keenan, SJ, Series Editor
"A major contribution to shaping the complex landscape of fundamental moral theology....Serious students of moral theology will not want to miss Demmer's fresh and original insights."—Richard M. Gula, SS, Franciscan School of Theology, Graduate Theological Union