The stewardship paradigm : an enquiry into the ethical obligation associated with being in control of resorces

Turnour, Matthew Dwight (1999) The stewardship paradigm : an enquiry into the ethical obligation associated with being in control of resorces. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


The resource allocation and utilization discourse is dominated by debates about rights particularly individual property rights and ownership. This is due largely to the philosophic foundations provided by Hobbes and Locke and adopted by Bentham. In our community, though, resources come not merely with rights embedded but also obligations. The relevant laws and equitable principles which give shape to our shared rights and obligations with respect to resources take cognizance not merely of the title to the resource (the proprietary right) but the particular context in which the right is exercised. Moral philosophy regarding resource utilisation has from ancient times taken cognizance of obligations but with ascendance of modernity, the agenda of moral philosophy regarding resources, has been dominated, at least since John Locke, by a preoccupation with property rights; the ethical obligations associated with resource management have been largely ignored. The particular social context has also been ignored. Exploring this applied ethical terrain regarding resource utilisation, this thesis: (1) Revisits the justifications for modem property rights (and in that the exclusion of obligations); (2) Identifies major deficiencies in these justifications and reasons for this; (3) Traces the concept of stewardship as understood in classical Greek writing and in the New Testament, and considers its application in the Patristic period and by Medieval and reformist writers, before turning to investigate its influence on legal and equitable concepts through to the current day; 4) Discusses the nature of the stewardship obligation,maps it and offers a schematic for applying the Stewardship Paradigm to problems arising in daily life; and, (5) Discusses the way in which the Stewardship Paradigm may be applied by, and assists in resolving issues arising from within four dominant philosophic world views: (a) Rawls' social contract theory; (b) Utilitarianism as discussed by Peter Singer; (c) Christianity with particular focus on the theology of Douglas Hall; (d) Feminism particularly as expressed in the ethics of care of Carol Gilligan;

and, offers some more general comments about stewardship in the context of an ethically plural community.

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ID Code: 35810
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Additional Information: Presented to the School of Humanities and Social Science, Queensland University of Technology.
Keywords: Applied ethics, moral philosophy, applied ethics, steward, stewardship, property resources, land personalty, John Locke, John Rawls, Peter Singer, Carol Gilligan, Douglas Hall, social contractarian, social contractarianism, utilitarian, utilitarianism, liberal, liberalism, Christian, Christianity, feminist, feminism, femine, Plato, Aristotle, Philodemus, Epicureans, Zeno, stoics, Aristides, Clement of Alexandria, Tertullian, Didache, Sentences of Sextus, Basil, Thomas Aquinas, Wycliffe, Thomas More, John Calvin, John Wesley, Westminster Confession of Faith, Martin Luther, land law, credit act, Donahue v Stephenson, fiduciary duties, thesis, masters
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright Matthew Dwight Turnour
Deposited On: 22 Sep 2010 13:03
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2012 05:34

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