Beyond Philosophy / Edition 240

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Enrique Ambrosini Dussel is and has been one of the most prolific Latin American philosophers of the last 100 years. He has written over fifty books, and over three hundred articles ranging over the history of the Latin American philosophy, political philosophy, church history, theology, ethics, and occasional pieces on the state of Latin American countries. Dussel is first and foremost a moral philosopher, a philosopher of liberation. But for him, philosophy must be liberated so that it may contribute to social liberation. In one sense, "beyond philosophy" means to go beyond contemporary, academicized, professionalized, and "civilized" philosophy by turning to all that demystifies the autonomy of philosophy and turns our attention to its sources. "Beyond philosophy," also means to go beyond philosophy in the Marxian sense of abolishing philosophy by realizing it. This is the definitive English language collection of Dussel's enormous body of work. It will allow the reader to get a good sense of the breath and depth of Dussel's opus, covering four major areas: ethics, economics, history, and liberation theology.

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Editorial Reviews

Walter Mignolo
Mendieta's knowledge and versatility in both European and Latin American philosophy make him the natural scholar to edit a collection of Dussel's work on the ethics of liberation. This is a signal contribution that points toward another paradigm of knowledge.
Doris Sommer
Enrique Dussel's eclectic and ethical philosophy is as urgent to read as it was urgently written.
Lewis Gordon
This fine collection of essays is a must-read for scholars interested in thought that brings the genuinely 'critical' dimension back to the world of ideas in this unfortunate age of disciplinary decadence.
Iris Marion Young
Enrique Dussel's writing offers a unique combination of ethics, postcolonial political theory, and liberation theology. For several decades his has been an important voice calling for visions of a better global future. Mendieta's translations and introduction ably amplify that voice for English reading audiences.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847697779
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Series: New Critical Theory Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 240
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 0.56 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Enrique Dussel is a founding member and president of the Study Community for Church History in Latin America and the Association for Philosophy and Liberation. He is the author of over 50 books, including A History of the Church in Latin America and The Invention of the Americas, and has taught at Harvard, Notre Dame, Union Theological Seminary, Vanderbilt, Loyola University, and Duke. Eduardo Mendieta is associate professor of philosophy at SUNY at Stony Brook.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 I. General Hypotheses Chapter 2 Domination-Liberation: A New Approach Chapter 3 The Bread of the Eucharist Celebration as a Sign of Justice in the Community Chapter 4 The "World-System": Europe as "Center" and its "Periphery" Beyond Eurocentrism Part 5 II. Liberating Theology Chapter 6 The Kingdom of God and the Poor Chapter 7 'Populus Dei' in Populo Pauperum: From Vatican II to MedellĂ­n and Puebla Chapter 8 Exodus as a Paradigm in Liberation Theology Part 9 III. Ethics and Economics Chapter 10 Racism: A Report on the Situation in Latin America Chapter 11 An Ethics of Liberation: Fundamental Hypotheses Chapter 12 Theology and Economy: The Theological Paradigm of Communicative Action and the Paradigm of the Community of Life as a Theology of Liberation Chapter 13 Ethical Sense of the 1994 Maya Rebellion in Chiapas Part 14 IV. History Chapter 15 From Secularization to Secularism: Science from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment Chapter 16 Modern Christianity in Face of the 'Other'(from The 'Rude' Indian to the 'Noble Savage' Chapter 17 Was America Discovered or Invaded?

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