Self-Appropriation and Liberation: Philosophizing in the Light of Catonsville

James L. Marsh

in Faith, Resistance, and the Future

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780823239825
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823239863 | DOI:
Self-Appropriation and Liberation: Philosophizing in the Light of Catonsville

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This chapter argues that self-appropriation, from below, can be fruitfully complimented by a prophetic Berriganian theology of liberation from above. Marsh’s formula to express this relationship is that intellectual, moral, and religious conversion should lead to radical political conversion. To further deepen and enrich the relationship between self-appropriation and liberation, Marxian social theory is used to understand and criticize capitalism, imperialism, and militarism. Marsh further stresses that the events of Catonsville can serve to bring into question an overly comfortable relationship of Catholic universities and Catholic academics to the secular city. In such accommodation, is the academic mission compromised? How freely and comprehensively can the desire to know operate when it is constrained by the goals and practices of empire?

Keywords: Self-appropriation; Liberation; Radical political conversion; Marxian social theory; Capitalism; Imperialism; Militarism; Accommodation; Catholic universities; Catholic academics

Chapter.  8437 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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