- Paperback: 593 pages
- Publisher: FORTRESS PRESS; 1 edition (Feb. 1 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0800683269
- ISBN-13: 978-0800683269
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.2 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 930 g
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #916,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Ethics Pb Paperback – Feb 1 2009
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"All students of Bonhoeffer will relish this new translation and expanded edition of his indispensable Ethics. The power of Bonhoeffer's word shines more brightly than ever." -- Jean Bethke Elshtain "University of Chicago"
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A couple of difficulties I had were that many sections were left incomplete with a bare outline to indicate where he was heading. Also, some of the latter portion of the book was very heavy on historical Lutheran wrtings, of which I am quite unfamiliar.
It was certainly stimulating for me as an american to read a quite different perspective on some issues, e.g. submissive relationships. It is typical in this country for people to feel that all rules should apply equally to all. Of course this is absurd when applied to parent/child or teacher/student or ruler/subject relations. Since ethics has to do with how people act towards other people, the actual type of relationship involved has to play a role in how to think about ethical behaviour from one individual to another.
To charge over $30 for each of these books is, in my opinion, a shameful ploy on the part of all involved.
Page 260 Endnote 1:
"Spinoza's definitions are of the kind now commonly called 'stipulative'; that is, they tell the reader how Spinoza proposes to use certain words. Spinoza is not concerned (as a Dictionary is concerned) to describe the standard uses of words. His Purpose, as he observes in the Ethics (E3:Def.XX.Expl.) is to explain, not the meaning of words, but the nature of things. One may compare what is done by scientists, when they introduce new technical terms, or give old words a new sense, with a view to explaining what it is that interests them."
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