Vol 3, No 1, 2004

Aristotelian Ethics and Habermasian Critical Theory: A Conjoined Force for Proportionism in Ethical Discourse and Roman Catholic Moral Theology

Terence J. Lovat

Abstract

In this "moderately post-scientific age," a new approach to fundamental moral theology is needed that goes beyond the impasse of secular empirical epistemologies and traditional dogmatic ways of knowledge. Proportionism provides the middle way, especially with its links to the Aristotelian-Thomistic tradition and its method of balancing moral absolute with concrete, worldly experiences. Traditional proportionism here finds rapprochement with the epistemology of Jurgen Habermas, which hints at a way for Catholic moral thought to take the (post)modern world as its dialogue partner once more.