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Mitchell Hamline School of Law

2002

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Is Tom Shaffer A Covenantal Lawyer?, Marie Failinger Jan 2002

Is Tom Shaffer A Covenantal Lawyer?, Marie Failinger

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In this festschrift article in honor of Tom Shaffer, the author considers what Shaffer’s work may share with “covenantal” ethics, a form of ethical argument that is not interchangeable with other traditions familiar from Shaffer’s body of work, such as the ethics of friendship or care or the ethics of virtue. Describing the ancient understanding of covenants, the article explores a few of the complexities arising from covenantal ethics in a professional context, themes such as the creation of obligation by historical decision, which has implications for the treatment of strangers; the ambivalence of covenantal ethics on the ...