Theology and Praxis

Epistemological Foundations

Author: Clodovis Boff

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 160899080X

Category: Religion

Page: 412

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In this book Clodovis Boff rigorously and passionately erects the methodological scaffolding that is necessary to construct a true theology of the political, a true theology of liberation. Much of the book is devoted to clarifying and articulating the boundaries of the relationships among theology, the political, the social sciences, hermeneutics, and praxis. As an element of that constructive work, Boff carefully points out the past and present theoretical shortcomings of political theology and the theology of liberation. Thus the book fills a methodological void that has hampered the full development of a theology of the political, and it blazes a path beyond what the author calls the "first phase" of liberation theology.

Jacques Ellul and the Technological Society in the 21st Century

Author: Helena M. Jerónimo,José Luís Garcia,Carl Mitcham

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9400766580

Category: Philosophy

Page: 262

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This volume rethinks the work of Jacques Ellul (1912-1994) on the centenary of his birth, by presenting an overview of the current debates based on Ellul's insights. As one of the most significant twentieth-century thinkers about technology, Ellul was among the first thinkers to realize the importance of topics such as globalization, terrorism, communication technologies and ecology, and study them from a technological perspective. The book is divided into three sections. The first discusses Ellul’s diagnosis of modern society, and addresses the reception of his work on the technological society, the notion of efficiency, the process of symbolization/de-symbolization, and ecology. The second analyzes communicational and cultural problems, as well as threats and trends in early twenty-first century societies. Many of the issues Ellul saw as crucial – such as energy, propaganda, applied life sciences and communication – continue to be so. In fact they have grown exponentially, on a global scale, producing new forms of risk. Essays in the final section examine the duality of reason and revelation. They pursue an understanding of Ellul in terms of the depth of experience and the traditions of human knowledge, which is to say, on the one hand, the experience of the human being as contained in the rationalist, sociological and philosophical traditions. On the other hand there are the transcendent roots of human existence, as well as “revealed knowledge,” in the mystical and religious traditions. The meeting of these two traditions enables us to look at Ellul’s work as a whole, but above all it opens up a space for examining religious life in the technological society.

The Languages of Politics/La politique et ses langages Volume 2

Author: Marta Degani,Paolo Frassi,Maria Ivana Lorenzetti

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443857297


Page: 290

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The Languages of Politics/La politique et ses langages provides a multifaceted view of major approaches to the study of political discourse from an interdisciplinary perspective. To date, most contributions to the analysis of political discourse have come from the fields of rhetoric, (critical) discourse analysis, cognitive linguistics, pragmatics, lexicology, lexicography, and, more recently, multimodal discourse analysis. The papers in this volume build their investigations on these perspectives, and provide new and diversified insights into this vast area of research. Besides considering multiple approaches, the book also adds to the current debate on the languages of politics by combining a range of theoretical and methodological considerations, and by featuring contributions in both English and French.

L'université entre l'engagement et la liberté

Author: H. Carrier

Publisher: Gregorian Biblical BookShop

ISBN: 9788876522611

Category: Education

Page: 264

View: 1176


Ce livre contient sept essais sur l'Universite moderne, ses evolutions recente et ses responsabilites nouvelles. Une question centrale est sous-jacente a chaque chapitre et donne son unite aul volume: quelles sont les transformations sociologiques, a l'interieur comme a l'exterieur de l'Universite, qui sont en train de modifiers l'institution universitaire dans son role culturel et ses fonctions sociales? Le point de vue adopte en ces pages n'est pas d'abourd pedagogique, administrative ou philosophique, il est sociologique. C'est l'Universite comme institution ou comme organisation sociale qui nous retiendra avant tout. Nous serons, certes, amenes a considerer des problemes pedagogiques, comme la question des programmes, des cycles d'etudes, des methods d'enseignement. Nous toucherons aussi a des problemes administratifs, comme le financement et la gestion des Universites. Nous ne minimisons pas ces aspects, meme si ceux-ci constituent l'objet second de nos observations.

Political Responsibility for a Globalised World

After Levinas' Humanism

Author: Ernst Wolff

Publisher: transcript Verlag

ISBN: 3839416949

Category: Philosophy

Page: 286

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The aim of this book is to reflect on the complex practice of responsibility within the context of a globalised world and contemporary means of action. Levinas' exploration of the ethical serves as point of entry and is shown to be seeking inter-cultural political relevance through engagement with the issues of postcoloniality and humanism. Yet, Levinas fails to realise the ethical implications of the inevitable instrumental mediation between ethical meaning and political practice. With recourse to Weber, Apel and Ricoeur, Ernst Wolff proposes a theory of strategic co-responsibility for the uncertain global context of practice.

Powers of the Rational

Science, Technology, and the Future of Thought

Author: Dominique Janicaud

Publisher: N.A


Category: Philosophy

Page: 286

View: 8721


"Why has science placed itself almost exclusively in the service of power? Can the rational avoid being appropriated by a kind of "hyperpower"? Do other possibilities exist for the future of thought?" "Dominique Janicaud addresses the menacing explosion of power in contemporary life. Starting with a critical reflection upon the origins of the rational, he combines a phenomenology of power with a genealogy of rationality to investigate the role of rationality in linking science and technology to power. Motivated by Heidegger's critique of technology, Janicaud broadens the interrogation by critically engaging with such thinkers as Weber, Habermas, and Adorno. The book sheds new light not only on Heidegger's own work but also on its relationship with the phenomenological past and its contemporary competitors - the Frankfurt school, post-structuralism, and contemporary analytic philosophy."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Pierre Bourdieu

A Critical Introduction

Author: Jeremy F. Lane

Publisher: Pluto Press

ISBN: 9780745315010

Category: Philosophy

Page: 228

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'This beautifully written and lucidly argued study is the most persuasive account of Bourdieu's work yet to be published. Lane illuminates much that can puzzle a foreign readership by expertly situating Bourdieu within a French context. At the same time he points to those aspects of Bourdieu's writing which are of particular relevance to contemporary debates on questions of citizenship and globalisation. He gives a fascinating account of Bourdieu's astonishingly prescient analyses of the impact of the expansion of higher education, the influence of the mass media, the growth of the culture industries, and the changing nature of political and social elites, not just in France, but in the western world.' - Professor Jill Forbes, Queen Mary and Westfield, University of London

The Political Process of Policymaking

A Pragmatic Approach to Public Policy

Author: P. Zittoun

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 113734766X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 211

View: 9398


Philippe Zittoun analyses the public policymaking process focusing on how governments relentlessly develop proposals to change public policy to address insoluble problems. Rather than considering this surprising Sisyphean effort as a lack of rationality, the author examines it as a political activity that produces order and stability.