In this third edition of the now standard classroom text, Grisez and Shaw retain the best elements of the earlier versions, including their clear, straightforward presentation and use of nontechnical language. Although the basic approach, content, and organization remain substantially the same, the new edition does develop and amend some aspects of the theory. For example, the community dimension of morality is brought out more clearly and the first principle of morality is now formulated more accurately in terms of willing in line with integral human fulfillment.
“The authors are critical of recent directions in ethics that have departed from the natural law tradition and its emphasis on absolute moral values. Their restatement of the chief positions of traditional ethics is well reasoned and clearly presented.” — Religious Resources
“ Beyond the New Morality will impress many. . . . [It’s] serious reading for the scholarly who want to keep up with the latest.” — The Priest
“Grisez is a highly regarded Catholic moral philosopher. Shaw has a similar reputation as a Catholic writer and public affairs expert. The authors deftly and firmly refute all systems such as consequentialism, proportionalism, and situationalism which imply that moral truths aren’t meant to teach man how to behave. . . . This text has many merits.” — National Catholic Register
“Interesting, informative, and challenging.” — National Catholic Reporter