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The Aesthetics and Ethics of Faith: A Dialogue Between Liberationist and Pragmatic Thought

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This book explores the methodological connections between two quintessentially American traditions: liberation theology and pragmatism. It examines how pragmatism can lend philosophical clarity and depth to some of liberation theology's core ideas and assumptions. In turn, it also shows how liberation theology offers pragmatism a more nuanced and sympathetic approach to religious faith, especially its social and pedagogical dimensions. Keeping true to the method of pragmatism, _The Aesthetics and Ethics of Faith_ begins inductively with a set of actual experiences: the Good Friday liturgies at the San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio, Texas. The author offers a thick description of the way these dynamic rituals integrate the aesthetic and ethical dimensions of faith. Subsequent chapters probe this integration deductively at three levels of theoretical analysis: experience/metaphysics, sociality, and pedagogy. Ultimately, this work seeks to craft a philosophical foundation that ensures the continued relevance of liberation thought in today’s world.


Christopher Tirres    
DePaul University
United States

Jim Garrison    
Virginia Tech
United States

Dwayne Tunstall    
Grand Valley State University
United States

Kenneth Stikkers    
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
United States


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