Universität Wien FIND

010109 SE Theories of Value in Contemporary Theological Ethics (2019W)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 1 - Katholische Theologie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 01.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 3 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Friday 25.10. 08:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum 3 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Friday 13.12. 08:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum 3 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Saturday 14.12. 08:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum 3 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG


Aims, contents and method of the course

For an extended period of time between the Council of Trent and the Second Vatican Council, moral theology focused on developing detailed taxonomies of sins as a tool to be used in the confessional practice. The undue emphasis on ´what has been done´ (the act or the object of the act) thus hindered the theological reflection on what are we actually aiming at and what are the ends or values we are trying to achieve. In the aftermath of the Second Vatican Council and its call for renewal of moral theology, this issue resurfaced as many theologians realised that becoming clearer on what we are trying to achieve (the good or the value) should not only be considered the starting point of the renewal of moral theology, but is also indispensible for settling questions about what one ought to do (the right). This seminar will track that development through some of the most prominent theories of value in contemporary theological ethics and offer students a chance to analyse and compare them in order to detect where the points of contention lie and to reach an understanding of this significant aspect of the post-conciliar discussion in theological ethics.

Assessment and permitted materials

contributions to discussions, seminar paper(s), final paper

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The course assessment comprises of three items: class participation and contribution to discussions (30%); presentation of a seminar paper (30%); final paper (40%).

Examination topics

There will be no final exam for which students would have to prepare by studying certain material, but the course teacher will discuss the final paper of each participant with him/her before determining the final grade.

Reading list

Germain Grisez, The Way of the Lord Jesus: Christian Moral Principles Vol. 1, Franciscan Press, 1983.
Joseph Selling, Reframing Catholic Theological Ethics, Oxford University Press, 2016.
Michael Lawler and Todd Salzman, Catholic Theological Ethics, University Press of America, 2016.
Robert Adams, Finite and Infinite Goods: A Framework for Ethics, Oxford University Press, 1999.

Association in the course directory

für 011 (15W) FTH 17 oder FTH 26, 198 418 BA UF RK 16, 199 518 MA UF RK 02 oder RK 05, 033 195 (17W) BRP 18krp, BRP 18ktb, auslaufende Studienpläne: für 011 (11W) D31 oder DAM, 033 195 (15W) BAM 13, Seminar oder (F)WF für 020

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