Moral Vision

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In this new textbook two Catholic ethicists with extensive teaching experience present a moral theology based on vision. David Matzko McCarthy and James M. Donohue draw widely from the Western philosophical tradition while integrating biblical and theological themes in order to explore such fundamental questions as What is good?

The fourteen chapters in Moral Vision are short and thematic. Substantive study questions engage with primary texts and encourage students to apply theory to everyday life and common human experiences. The book is accessibly written and flexible enough to fit into any undergraduate or seminary course on ethics.


David Matzko McCarthy is professor of theology and associate provost at Mount St. Mary's University, Emmitsburg, Maryland. His other books include Gathered for the Journey: Moral Theology in Catholic Perspective (with M. Therese Lysaught) and Sharing God's Good Company: A Theology of the Communion of Saints.

James M. Donohue is professor of theology, chair of the theology department, and director of pastoral ministry education at Mount St. Mary's University in Maryland.


Charles C. Camosy
— Fordham University
“Moral theologians often struggle to find books for our classrooms. Some are too catechetical and therefore not sufficiently critical. Others sell out to secular culture and have little to no theological grounding. Still others have an undue focus on boundary or extreme cases or questions. Moral Visionavoids each of these pitfalls.”

Jana M. Bennett
— University of Dayton
“This book invites us to see two master teachers at work—and it is beautiful to behold! They write in direct but thought-provoking language that leads step-by-step through philosophical concepts, theological content, and issues related to moral vision.”

David Cloutier
— Catholic University of America
“In a time of pitched battles over controversial issues, where everyone sees ethics as a matter of taking sides, McCarthy and Donohue recall students to the deeper questions we all must consider if these conflicts are ever to be resolved—and, more importantly, if we are to live the lives to which God calls us.”