Beyond Bumper Sticker Ethics: An Introduction to Theories of Right and Wrong, By Steve Wilkens

Beyond Bumper Sticker Ethics

An Introduction to Theories of Right and Wrong

Second Edition

by Steve Wilkens

Beyond Bumper Sticker Ethics
  • Length: 230 pages
  • Dimensions: 6 × 9 in
  • Published: August 04, 2011
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 3936
  • ISBN: 9780830839360

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Ideas have consequences. And sometimes those ideas can be squeezed into slogans, slapped on bumper stickers and tweeted into cyberspace. These compact messages coming at us from all directions often compress in a few words entire ethical systems. It turns out that there's a lot more to the ideas behind these slogans--ideas that need to be sorted out before we make important moral decisions as individuals or as societies.

In this revised and expanded edition of Steve Wilkens's widely-used text, the author has updated his introductions to basic ethical systems:

  • cultural relativism
  • ethical egoism
  • utilitarianism
  • behaviorism
  • situation ethics
  • Kantian ethics
  • virtue ethics
  • natural law ethics
  • divine command theory

He has also added two new chapters:

  • evolutionary ethics
  • narrative ethics

With clarity and wit Wilkens unpacks the complicated ideas behind the slogans and offers Christian evaluations of each.


Preface and Acknowledgments
1 Bumper Stickers and Ethical Systems
2 When in Rome, Do as the Romans Do: Cultural Relativism
3 Look Out for Number One: Ethical Egoism
4 I Couldn?t Help Myself: Behaviorism
5 Survival of the (Ethical) Fittest: Evolutionary Ethics
6 The Greatest Happiness: Utilitarianism
7 It?s Your Duty: Kantian Ethics
8 Be Good: Virtue Ethics
9 The Moral of the Story Is . . . : Narrative Ethics
10 All You Need Is Love: Situation Ethics
11 Doing What Comes Naturally: Natural Law Ethics
12 God Said It, I Believe It, That Settles It: Divine Command Theory
13 Unraveling the Options


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Steve Wilkens

Steve Wilkens (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is professor of philosophy and ethics at Azusa Pacific University. His books include Hidden Worldviews, Faith and Reason: Three Views, Christianity and Western Thought (volumes 2 and 3), and Beyond Bumper Sticker Ethics.