Doing Ethics in a Pluralistic World
Essays in Honour of Roger C. Hutchinson
Doing Ethics in a Pluralistic World is an apt title for this collection of essays in honour of Roger C. Hutchinson who, over many decades, has encouraged and participated in shaping a Canadian contextual social ethics. His abiding interest in social ethics and in religious engagement with public issues is reflected in his life’s work — seeking the consensus and self-knowledge required to achieve cooperation in the search for a just, participatory, and sustainable society.
One of Roger Hutchinson’s many notable accomplishments is his development of a method of dialogue for ethical clarification in situations of diversity. Some of the essays collected here apply this method to specific issues, while others discuss how religious persons and organizations can and do co-operate in a pluralistic world to achieve social and ecological well-being. All essays are of keen interest to those concerned with the role and function of ethics at the matrix of religious conviction and social transformation.
For nearly three decades Roger Hutchinson has been based at Victoria University in Toronto, first in religious studies, then at Emmanuel College, where he completed his teaching career as professor of church and society while serving as principal from 1996 to 2001.
``A truly satisfying Festschrift requires both a deft hand on the part of the editors and contributors and a focus which has sufficient depth and breadth to hold the ensemble together. This particular Festschrift is precisely such a satisfying and tantalyzing colleciton. ...The articles certainly make one want to explore Hutchinson's method more fully, even as they consistently point out that there is no panacea here, only a consistent invitation to reason, honesty, attentiveness and methodological rigour. In sum, this volume is to be highly recommended for all three of its aims—historical, pluralist and methological. ...It provides a fitting homage to Roger Hutchinson in pointing to the enduring relevance of his work and the way in which his students and colleagues continue to tread the path he laid out. The editors and authors are to be congratulated. ''- Ronald A. Mercier, Toronto Journal of Theology, Vol 21, no 2, Fall 2005