Dr. phil. Rupert Scheule: Making good choices. Rational choice theory and theological ethic


The rational choice theory, besides the system theory, is currently considered to constitute the most important sociological paradigm. Unlike the system theory, however, the rational choice theory (RCT) has hardly received any attention yet within theology. The habilitation “Making good choices” represents a first extensive reception effort of the RCT. An important characteristic of the RCT is its methodological individualism, ie the basic principle that any sociological explanation should relate to the situation of individuals who are involved in choice-making processes. This circumstance is of particular importance for Christian ethic since the demand for human beings to be the carriers and the objective of all social institutions is realised methodologically. Above all, the focus of the RCT on choice situations of the individual allows the formulation of an ethical-theological choice teaching. The main focus of the habilitation, among others, is on: Choices involving several goals Multi-part choices Choices under the conditions of strategic emnity Group choices Choices reached by organisations In the final chapter the practical results of the considerations reached up to now are discussed in the project MEFES (a method developed by the author for ethical case discussion in hospitals). For further information please go to the websites of the relevant DFG projects and the project MEFES.