Revisiting Max Weber's Ethic of Responsibility

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Etienne de Villiers
  • Tübingen, Germany: 
    Mohr Siebeck
    , February
     243 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


To what extent could Max Weber’s ethic of responsibility serve as a model for us today? An adequate answer to this question could only be given on the basis of a satisfactory interpretation and thorough assessment of his ethic of responsibility. In this monograph Etienne de Villiers sets himself the task of doing just that. He establishes that, in spite of serious shortcomings, Weber’s ethic points to the contemporary need for an ethic of responsibility as a second-level normative ethical approach that would address the undermining effect of modernisation on ethical living. Such a contemporary ethic of responsibility would provide guidelines on how ethical living could be responsibly enhanced in our time. The author also presents a brief proposal on how a contemporary ethic of responsibility might be designed.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Etienne de Villiers is Emeritus Professor of Christian Ethics of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Pretoria.


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