The Principle of Excellence: A Framework for Social Ethics

Lexington Books (2009)
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Preface --Part I: What is excellence? -- The making of a new meaning of excellence -- The making of a concept -- Divine imitation and excellence -- Excellence and subject -- Infinite longing -- A view of human nature -- Self-world correlation and excellence -- Exegeting excellence -- The grammar of excellence -- Excellence : technical and ontological -- Excellence as will-to-the-infinite -- Excellence as community of abstract-concrete and more -- Problematic standards of excellence -- Excellence and creativity -- The core features of excellence -- An African conception of excellence -- New being : the construction of excellent self -- Conclusion: The features of excellence -- New being : participation and imitation -- Christology of excellence -- Imitation in Christian theology -- Justice, love and hope -- Excellence and justice -- Excellence and love -- Excellence and hope -- Part II: Social ethical framework -- A framework for social ethics -- Tillich's concept of ethics -- Creativity and theonomous ethics -- Governance and prophetic spirit -- A model of an excellentist social world -- Outline of governance ethics -- Excellence and the prophetic spirit -- The prophetic spirit and the law -- Social practice as boundary of possibilities -- Social practice : the tension between included and excluded possibilities -- The myth of goods : internal versus external -- Excellence and economic development -- The theological character of economic development -- Modeling excellence on factors of economic development -- Excellence and money -- Economic development : the role of work and monetary policy -- The good, truth, and beauty -- The depth and destiny of excellence -- The exit and tag line : Africa and excellence.

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