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Religious Ethics in a Time of Globalism

Shaping a Third Wave of Comparative Analysis

  • Editors
  • Elizabeth M. Bucar
  • Aaron Stalnaker

About this book


This book contains essays on current projects from several rising figures in religious ethics, collected into a field-shaping anthology of new work. As a whole, the book argues that religious ethics should make cultural and moral diversity central to its analysis. This can include three main aspects, in various combinations: first, describing and interpreting particular ethics on the basis of historical, anthropological, or other data; second, comparing such ethics (in the plural), which requires rigorous reflection on the methods and tools of inquiry; and third, engaging in normative argument on the basis of such studies, and thereby speaking to particular moral controversies, as well as contemporary concerns about overlapping identities, cultural complexity and plurality, universalism and relativism, and political problems regarding the coexistence of divergent groups.


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About the authors

ELIZABETH BUCAR Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA DAVID CLAIRMONT Assistant Professor, University of Notre Dame, USA ERIN CLINE Assistant Professor, Georgetown University, USA GRACE KAO Associate Professor, Claremont Graduate University, USA THOMAS A. LEWIS Vartan Gregorian Associate Professor, Brown University, USA IRENE OH Assistant Professor, George Washington University, USA AARON STALNAKER Associate Professor, Indiana University, USA

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“The volume is an ongoing conversation within and between the chapters regarding the nature and scope of comparative religious ethics in the field of study. As a valuable contextualization and overview of current scholarship, this book is suitable for advanced undergraduates and ideal for graduate students and teacher-scholars in the field.” (Bruce Grelle, Religious Studies Review, Vol. 42 (3), September, 2016) 

"This new edited collection from two respected scholars, Elizabeth Bucar and Aaron Stalnaker, is both a collection of penetrating essays by well-known younger thinkers and an assessment of the state of comparative religious ethics in our global times. Religious Ethics in a Time of Globalism deserves careful consideration and wide readership as it charts new directions in thought. I heartily recommend it for anyone engaged in thinking ethically about the religions." - William Schweiker, Edward L. Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor of Theological Ethics, Director, The Martin Marty Center, The Divinity School at The University of Chicago

"Over the past decade, a new generation of comparative religious ethicists has emerged. These thinkers move beyond the trench warfare pitting the incommensurable forces of 'universalist formalism' against those of 'hyper-contextualist particularism' - which deadlocked earlier work in comparative ethics - and this collection brings together a veritable dream team of many of those young scholars. The essays in Religious Ethics in a Time of Globalism explore different modes and matters of comparison in the service of consolidating and advancing the developments that their authors have brought to the field. This is the volume that announces that this 'third wave' in comparative religious ethics is no longer headed our way; it has well and truly arrived." - Charles Mathewes, Professor of Religious Studies, University of Virginia