"The Essential Paul Ramsey" by Paul Ramsey

The Essential Paul Ramsey A Collection Paul Ramsey, William Werpehowski, Stephen D. Crocco

Publication date:
10 Sep 1994
Yale University Press
298 pages: 235 x 156mm
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Paul Ramsey was one of this century's most important ethicists. From the publication of his classic Basic Christian Ethics in 1950 until his death in 1988, his writings decisively shaped moral discourse and reflection in the areas of theology, law, politics, and medicine.

This collection of Ramsey's most important essays on Christian, political, and medical ethics displays the scope and depth of his vision, highlighting both the character of his theological commitments and the continuing significance of his work for the pressing moral problems of our day. Selections deal with such issues as race relations, sexuality and marriage, war, the meaning of Christian love, abortion, and medical care for the sick and dying. A general introduction by William Werpehowski and Stephen Crocco evaluates Ramsey's career and accomplishments and reviews contemporary criticism of his output and legacy. Shorter introductions to each selection point out crucial themes and lines of development in Ramsey's thought.

The late Paul Ramsey was Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University and the author of many books, among them The Patient as Person, Fabricated Man, and Ethics at the Edges of Life. William Werpehowski is associate professor of religion at Villanova University. Stephen D. Crocco is librarian and associate professor of bibliography at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

"This valuable collection makes the writings of the distinguished ethicist Paul Ramsey available to a new generation of readers. With several of his books out of print and some of his essays hard to find, it will be a useful introduction to Ramsey's thought."?James Childress, University of Virginia

"The editors have succeeded in the difficult task of distilling into a single volume Ramsey's extensive writings."?Choice

"Werpehowski and Crocco are to be commended not only for the selections they have made but also for the way in which they make clear their significance."?Philip Turner, Journal of Religion and Health

"The editors have done a superb job in collecting articles and extracts from Ramsey's work. Each of the pieces deserves serious attention in its own right, and altogether the volume highlights some of Ramsey's deeper concerns in a thoroughly compelling way. . . . I would find it hard to praise this volume too highly. It will be of use both to those who already know some of Ramsey's work, and as an introduction for those who do not. . . . It exemplifies some of the most profound and incisive Christian thought on urgent moral debates to be found anywhere."?David Attwood, Anvil

"The Essential Paul Ramsey is a volume for which we can only be deeply grateful. Its editors both studied under Ramsey. . . . The volume includes a wonderfully complete bibliography of Ramsey's writings, a relatively brief but substantial introduction by the editors, and seventeen selections from the writings."?Gilbert Meilaender, Studies in Christian Ethics

"The Essential Paul Ramsey accomplishes what Ramsey himself could not have done. . . . This volume is essential for the library of every theologian and ethicist."?D. Stephen Long, Pro Ecclesia