TITLE

IN CONVERSATION WITH HANS ULRICH'S WIE GESCHOPFE LEBEN

AUTHOR(S)
Reinders, Hans S.
PUB. DATE
August 2007
SOURCE
Studies in Christian Ethics;2007, Vol. 20 Issue 2, p231
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This paper presents Hans Ulrich's account of Christian ethics as an ethics of 'vocation'. It is interested in how Ulrich's account of vocational ethics is developed as a critique of professional ethics. Professional ethics is seen as reflecting the structures of ethical deliberation of the social order that produces it, thereby failing to move beyond the realm of 'works'. In contrast, the distinguishing characteristic of Ulrich's vocational ethics is shown to be that it is a response to the Word 'from outside'. Consequently, a Christian account of professional ethics needs to show how it can retain a 'theological difference' that enables it to respond to the Word that 'breaks in' to start something new. The paper discusses the transformation of professionalism in a neo-liberal service economy in order to find out how this 'breaking in' actually proceeds. Its test case is providing services to people with intellectual disabilities.
ACCESSION #
26777021

 

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