Pagan Ethics

Paganism as a World Religion

Authors: York, Michael

  • ‚ÄčThe first comprehensive presentation of contemporary, classical and indigenous pagan ethics
  • Offers an expansion to traditional ways of thinking and behavioural patterns as well as a progressive way of life in the pursuit of happiness and collective sanity
  • Deals with ethics from a pagan perspective with regard to offering possible solutions commensurate with a balanced and sustainable global future
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This book is the first comprehensive examination of the ethical parameters of paganism when considered as a world religion alongside Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism. The issues of evil, value and idolatry from a pagan perspective are analyzed as part of the Western ethical tradition from the Sophists and Platonic schools through the philosophers Spinoza, Hume, Kant and Nietzsche to such contemporary thinkers as Grayling, Mackie, MacIntyre, Habermas, Levinas, Santayana, etc. From a more practical viewpoint, a delineation of applied pagan ethics is then presented in connection with current moral issues such as same-sex union, recreational drugs, environmental awareness, abortion and terrorism. Finally, overviews of sectarian pagan ethics (Shinto, Santeria, Heathenism, Druidry, Romuva, Slavic, Kemeticism, Classical and Wicca) provide both the general and pagan reader with an understanding of the provocative range and differentiation of pagan ethical thought. The book approaches the Western ethical tradition as an historical development and a continuing dialogue. The novelty of this approach lies in its consideration of paganism as a legitimate voice of religious spirituality rather than a satanic aberration or ridiculous childish behavior. The book is aimed at both the contemporary Western pagan and anyone with an interest in the moral dilemmas of our times and the desire to engage in the global ethical discussion. Among the more important features of the book are its presentation of a re-evaluation of idolatry, the notion of the virtue value, the richness of the pagan tradition, and the expansion of Western ethics beyond its Christian heritage.

About the authors

Michael York is Professor of Cultural Astronomy and Astrology (Bath Spa University), Co-Director of the Academy for Cultural and Educational Studies (London), Instructor with Cherry Hill Seminary, former Chair of Contemporary Pagan Studies (American Academy of Religion), and author of Pagan Theology: Paganism as a World Religion.

Table of contents (16 chapters)

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eBook $189.00
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Hardcover $219.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-18922-2
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $249.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-36208-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Pagan Ethics
Book Subtitle
Paganism as a World Religion
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-18923-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-18923-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-18922-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-36208-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 435
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