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The Political Theory of Liberation Theology: Toward a Reconvergence of Social Values and Social Sciences
     

The Political Theory of Liberation Theology: Toward a Reconvergence of Social Values and Social Sciences

by John R. Pottenger
 

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This is the first in-depth look at the political theoretical structure of liberation theology. Pottenger shows how liberation theologians, writing from the perspective of the poor and oppressed, denounce modernity and especially capitalism for having caused poverty and military dictatorships. He evaluates the liberation theologians’ methodological approach to

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This is the first in-depth look at the political theoretical structure of liberation theology. Pottenger shows how liberation theologians, writing from the perspective of the poor and oppressed, denounce modernity and especially capitalism for having caused poverty and military dictatorships. He evaluates the liberation theologians’ methodological approach to political theory and the crucial role of Marxism. He also analyzes liberation theologians’ assessment of Latin American political economy and their moral arguments for political activism in response to these assessments.

Pottenger addresses the general question of to what extent liberation theology has achieved its ultimate objective of a just society—of the convergence of traditional social values and modern political science.

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Pottenger (political science, Alabama) evaluates the methodological approach of Latin America liberation theologists to political theory, and analyzes their assessment of the political economy, which attributes poverty and military dictatorship to capitalism and modernity. Includes biographical notes on 13 liberation theologists. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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“This book goes beyond a simple survey of liberation theology to deal with complex issues linking theory and practice in social life. It offers an overview of the central issues raised by liberation theology and presents its methodological implications. The relation of fact and value is explored, and questions are raised about ethical theory.”— Virginia L. Muller, University of San Diego

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791401194
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
11/01/1989
Pages:
274
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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John R. Pottenger is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

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