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The Principle of Excellence: A Framework for Social Ethics Hardcover – October 26, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0739136386 ISBN-10: 0739136380

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The Principle of Excellence is a startlingly fresh synthesis of intercultural perspective and thought. Wariboko here sets theologian Paul Tillich’s writings in creative conversation with breath-taking array of 21st-century thinkers, resulting in sparkling new insights on Tillich, but also in a daring new vision of what the field of ethics might become. A most welcome contribution to ethics and theology today. (Mark Lewis Taylor, Princeton Theological Seminary)

Nimi Wariboko's deployment of the idea of excellence for social ethical thinking is both original and refreshing. Excellence is typically identified with virtue ethics, but Wariboko brilliantly demonstrates the richness and wider utility of the idea and its plural semiotic provenances. No doubt, some may find his approach daring and provocative, even stepping on the toes of some major figures in the field, but that is precisely because this is a work that is hard to ignore. (Simeon Ilesanmi, Wake Forest University)

Nimi Wariboko opens new theoretical doors on the topic of virtue and excellence, unlocked by his command of classical intellectual traditions interwoven with perspectives born out of his discerning interpretations of his cross-cultural experiences. (Max L. Stackhouse, professor of theology and public life emeritus, Princeton Theological Seminary)

This interdisciplinary book defies the usual categories. Rather than treating excellence as a virtue (à la MacIntyre), readers will find herein a philosophy of excellence that brings two traditions—one centered in ontology and the other in philosophical anthropology—into dialogue with each other. (Religious Studies Review)

About the Author

Nimi Wariboko is the Katherine B. Stuart Professor of Christian Ethics at Andover Newton Theological School, Newton Center, Massachusetts. His other books include God and Money: A Theology of Money in a Globalizing World, and The Depth and Destiny of Work: An African Theological Interpretation.

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I am a theological theorist more than a theologian or ethicist. I neither craft dogmatic treatises nor renovate nor construct theological systems, partial or whole. I see myself as attempting to create social theories out of theology, theological ethics, and philosophical theology. If you read my oeuvre carefully you would notice that I work with and innovate critical social theories and radical continental philosophies by replenishing, refreshing, and reframing them with theological or religious sensibilities and insights. Simply, I am a theorist, theological theorist--just as you have political, economic, or social theorists.

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