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Proportionalism and the Natural Law Tradition Hardcover – June, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0813210933 ISBN-10: 0813210933
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"Balanced discussions that fairly portray both sides of the proportionalism debate are rare; Christopher Kaczor's recent book is one such source. . . . Although no fan of proportionalis, Kaczor succeeds in clearing up the misunderstandings; because of this, his book is an invaluable contribution, and it appears none too soon. . . . Kaczor is a well-organized writer. His chapters are systematically presented. He first gives the context of the chapter's area of discussion, then defines the crucial terms, gives the moralists' views on the subject (often, this amounts to explaining how they have understood the key terms), and finally offers a detailed discussion of a few common cases to illustrate his points. This consistently helps the reader through difficult material. . . . This is a well-done and very useful book for anyone either interested in the principle of double effect, proportionalism, or the scholastic influence upon moral theology."--Nancy M. Rourke, Irish Theological Quarterly

"Excellent, well-argued . . . the best study of proportionalism available displaying considerable knowledge of the system. . . ."--Leo J. Elders, Review of Metaphysics

"Those tempted to dismiss proportionalism simply because it has been the target of magisterial ire would do well to read Kaczor."--Catholic Studies

"Well-written and thorough. . . . Kaczor avoids the 'inflated' and 'abrasive rhetoric' characteristic of most other critiques of proportionalism as he takes on the thorny and much debated question of whether proportionalism is an expression of authentic Catholic doctrine. . . . This book will undoubtedly stimulate many discussions in Catholic moral theology."--Aline H. Kalbian, Review of Politics

"...Kaczor's study is a remarkable achievement. It is simply the best book-length critique of proportionalism currently available. Anyone wishing to understand proportionalism and why it fails as method of moral analysis would do well to read Kaczor's book."-Michael Sherwin, O.P., The Thomist

"[T]he best study of proportionalism available displaying considerable knowledge of the system." -- Leo Elders, Review of Metaphysics --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Christopher Kaczor is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Loyola Marymount University. He has studied with the foremost American proponent of proportionalism, Richard A. McCormick, S.J. Kaczor is author of numerous articles and reviews, and editor of Proportionalism—For and Against.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Catholic Univ of Amer Pr (June 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813210933
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813210933
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 19, 2004
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"Does proportionalism mark a renewal of moral theology, as revisionist theologians claim, or is it a corruption? In his insightful and well-written analysis of proportionalism, Christopher Kaczor attempts to answer this question. ... Kaczor's study is a remarkable achievement. It is simply the best book-length critique of proportionalism currently available. Anyone wishing to understand proportionalism and why it fails as method of moral analysis would do well to read Kaczor's book." The Thomist
"Kaczor explores important differences between proportionalist and Thomistic meanings of intention/foresight, proportionate reason, and the object of human action. ... He handles Thomas deftly, and endevors to reflect the breadth of proportionalist thinnking when he introduces it." Theological Studies
"An instructive critique of proportionalism in Catholic ethics. Against those who insist that it represents a recovery of Thomistic moral reasoning or an outgrowth of the 'spirit of Vatican II,' the author convincingly argues that proportionalism reflects and amplifies the peculiar theoretical weaknesses of the neo-scholasticism that dominated the intellectual life of the Church prior to Vatican II." First Things
"Past critiques of proportionalism have taken various forms. ... Kaczor's scholarly and carefully argued book represents a different genre altogether. Nevertheless, while he avoids the heated rhetoric associated with attacks on proportionalism, his seemingly gentle appraisal and evaluation of proportionalism is a bit misleading. It is, in fact, much more serious and damning than many offered previously. Kaczor deliberately and carefully tries to discredit proportionalism by hitting it where he can cause the most damage.
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This is a very clear and articulate description of proportionalism. Kaczor excels in describing various nuances among proponents of proportionalism. He makes the intellectual roots of proportionalism, as well as the specialized language employed by this body of thought, accessible to initiates and acolytes of Catholic moral theology alike. He provides the reader with a systematic overview and places this in dialogue with St. Thomas Aquinas and the natural law, so that an intellectually honest dialogue in search of the truth may proceed.

I truly appreciate the labor Kaczor has expended in producing a remarkable study of this caliber. This is a book I wish I would have had at hand during my formation in the seminary!
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