Maps for a FiestaA Latina/o Perspective on Knowledge and the Global Crisis

Maps for a FiestaA Latina/o Perspective on Knowledge and the Global Crisis

Otto Maduro and Eduardo Mendieta

Print publication date: 2016

ISBN: 9780823263042

Publisher: Fordham University Press

Abstract

What can theology offer in the context of neoliberalism, globalization, growing inequality, and an ever more ecologically precarious planet that disproportionately affects the poor? This book explores possibilities for liberation from the forces that would impose certain forms of knowledge on our social world to manipulate our experience of identity, power, and justice. This book is built upon subtly articulated critiques and insights. To write a conventional academic tractatus would have run counter to the project, which is built on the argument that ignorance is masked in the language of expertise, while true knowledge is dismissed because it is sometimes articulated in pedestrian language by those who produce it through the praxis of solidarity and struggle for social justice. With a generosity and receptivity to his readers reminiscent of letters between old friends, and with the pointed but questioning wisdom of a teller of parables, the book presents together a twenty-first-century reply to Karl Marx's “Theses on Feuerbach.” The book arrives as a philosophical and theological testament—one that celebrates the knowledge-work and justice-making of the poor.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Otto Maduro, and Eduardo Mendieta

1. Does Experience Shape Our Knowledge?

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2. Calmly Reflecting on Our Knowledge

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3. Oppression, Liberation, and Knowledge

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4. How Do We Express and Share Knowledge?

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5. Rethinking Our Understanding of Knowledge

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Conclusions

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