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The Opposite of Custom

Fashion, Sumptuary Law, and Consuetudo in Fifteenth-Century Northern Italy

M. Christina Bruno


Fifteenth-century Italian urban and ecclesiastical authorities sought to regulate the laity's conspicuous consumption of dress, sometimes resulting in canon law petitions for exemption on the grounds of custom. By exploiting an ambivalent definition of custom according to status, wealthy men and especially women successfully sidestepped regulation. Critics of luxury such as the Franciscan Observants, who encountered similar arguments in confession, countered this permissive understanding of custom with alternate criteria for determining proper dress tied to the morality of the economic behavior that made luxurious dress possible. Overlapping definitions of custom drawn from canon law and moral theology thus provided both fashionable people and their confessors a way to negotiate and contest their status.

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The Inner Demons of The Better Angels of Our Nature

Daniel Lord Smail

whether the study of the past is compatible with moral theology, I stand with Stephen Jay Gould, who addressed the temptation to moralize the past in his 1982 essay, “Nonmoral Nature.” The essay explores a question that agonized the theologians and

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Anthropology and Moral Philosophy

A Symposium on Michael Banner's The Ethics of Everyday Life

Michael Banner, Lesley A. Sharp, Richard Madsen, John H. Evans, J. Derrick Lemons, and Thomas J. Csordas

What Moral Theology (and Moral Philosophy) Needs from Social Anthropology Michael Banner

The Ethics of Suffering in Everyday Life Lesley A. Sharp

Ethical Narrative and Moral Theory Richard Madsen

Specifying the Relationship between Social Anthropology and Moral Theology John H. Evans

The Ethics of Everyday Life: The Next Word J. Derrick Lemons

Reading Michael Banner on Moral Theology and Social Anthropology Thomas J. Csordas

Descriptions, Norms, and the Uses of Ethnography Michael Banner

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Returning to the Source

Revisiting Arendtian Forgiveness in the Politics of Reconciliation

Sam Grey

, terminological clarity and argumentative consistency are lacking. There is considerable equivocation on the term ‘forgiveness’ itself, glossing moral, theological, therapeutic and legal aspects and applications while arguments about its political potential

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Political Theology

The Authority of God

Avishai Margalit

There are two theses that are intimately related to the idea of authority. One is political theology. It is associated with the name of Carl Schmitt. The second is moral theology. It is associated with Elizabeth Anscombe (though she never used the expression ‘moral theology’). Political theology is the claim that key notions in modern and secular political doctrines are unwittingly moored in theological and teleological world views. These notions in their secularized versions make no sense and can be validated only within a theological frame for which they were designed. ‘Sovereignty’ and ‘authority’ are paradigmatic cases of such key notions. Moral theology is a parallel claim. Key moral notions in modern moral doctrines are moored in a theological and teleological frame. They gain their currency only in such a frame. Unmoored, as these notions are in a current secular frame, they have lost their sense. ‘Obligation’ and ‘duty’ are paradigmatic examples of such notions anchored in the old idea of God the law-giver. Without God the law-giver these notions make very little sense. Secular morality is like the famous explanation of what wireless is. Well, you know what wire is. It is like a dog: you pull its tail in Jerusalem and it barks in Rome. Now, wireless works like wire, but without the dog. Morality without God is like wireless without the dog.

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Catholicism and Social Policy

The Cases of Brazil and the United States

Luciano Aronne de Abreu and Nathalia Henrich

imprint that would influence his political and intellectual activities throughout his life. Ordained in 1898 after finishing his studies at the Seminary of Saint Paul (Minnesota), Ryan complemented his regular postgraduate studies in moral theology at the

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God's Voice in a Secular Society

A Christian Perspective

Trevor Wedman

content of the norms within the legal system is not only similar to, but actually an extension or application of moral theology, with the legal norms of the Western societies developing out of the Roman law which co-existed harmoniously with Canon law for

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James Joyce's “The Sisters”

Implied Pederasty and Interpreting the Inexpressible

Barry Ryan

the boy] are neither speculative nor scientific but [are] taken up with moral theology, which pertains to modes of action” ( 1971: 43 ), where imperfections are placed beyond the realm of reflection. Thus, in both accounts, children are depicted as

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Receiving the Gift of Cognitive Disability

Recognizing Agency in the Limits of the Rational Subject

Patrick McKearney

. The Ethics of Everyday Life: Moral Theology, Social Anthropology, and the Imagination of the Human . Oxford : Oxford University Press . 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198722069.001.0001 Berubé , M. 2010 . ‘Equality, Freedom, and/or Justice For All

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The Limits of Knowing Other Minds

Intellectual Disability and the Challenge of Opacity

Patrick McKearney

Approaches , ed. Ylva Gustafsson , Camilla Kronqvist , and Hannes Nykänen , 212 – 244 . Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Publishing . Banner , Michael . 2014 . The Ethics of Everyday Life: Moral Theology, Social Anthropology, and the