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Verbum et Ecclesia

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Verbum Eccles. (Online) vol.33 n.2 Pretoria  2012 



Virtue and responsibility: Economic-ethical perspectives in the work of Etienne de Villiers



Piet J. Naude

Unit for Professional Ethics, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa





This article was developed in six statements and attempted to reconstruct the basis for the socio-economic ethics of Etienne de Villiers, as well as its ecclesio-centric nature and theoretical formulation in virtue and responsibility ethics. There was reference to De Villiers's shift from an exclusive to an inclusive ethical view as a response to his interpretation of modernity and secularism. Critical questions were raised as to the actual theological character of his ethics and his re-interpretation of Weberian responsibility ethics. The article concluded with an appreciative view on the applied ethics perspectives developed by De Villiers over the last three decades.



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Piet Naude
PO Box 77000
Port Elizabeth 603
South Africa

Received: 04 May 2012
Accepted: 14 Aug. 2012
Published: 06 Dec. 2012

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