THE ROLE OF PNEUMATOLOGY IN THE ETHICS OF STANLEY HAUERWAS

Nico Koopman

Abstract


This paper explores the role of pneumatology in the ethics of Stanley Hauerwas. It
demonstrates that the theme of pneumatology is underdeveloped in his ethical
project. The implications of this inadequate pneumatology are spelled out.
Simultaneously it is indicated how Hauerwas’ ethics and the significance thereof
can be served by a greater emphasis on pneumatology. This paper is structured as
follows: The main themes of and developments in Hauerwas’ thinking is briefly
outlined (1). Thereafter the role of pneumatology in his thinking, or rather perhaps
lack thereof, is specifically investigated (2). In a next part the implications of an
inadequate pneumatology for his ethics – specifically in terms of the relationship
between the anthropological and pneumatologial sides of (a) moral formation and
(b) the sectarian character of his ethics are outlined. The paper concludes with
suggestions for the improvement of his ethical project

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/79-0-770

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