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Faith, Resistance, and the FutureDaniel Berrigan's Challenge to Catholic Social Thought$
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James L. Marsh and Anna Brown

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823239825

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823239825.001.0001

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

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

(p.80) Self-Appropriation and Liberation: Philosophizing in the Light of Catonsville
Faith, Resistance, and the Future

James L. Marsh

Fordham University Press

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

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