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The Philosophy of Liberation : Revisiting Genuine Religious Experiences with Special Reference to Christianity
Authorship Description
Cyril Desbruslais, edited by Kuruvilla Pandikattu.
Bibliographical Details xviii, 196 p. 23 cm.
Edition, Place & Publisher 1st ed. New Delhi, Christian World Imprints.
ISBN-10 9351481298
ISBN-13 9789351481294, 978-9351481294
Year of Publication 2016.
Further Details In Collaboration with Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pune.
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The author assumes that Theology of Liberation is a completely new hermeneutics, which involves re-thinking of the entire Christian experience from the perspective of the oppressed. However, for all its richness and promise, Theology of Liberation is, to a great extent, irrelevant for Asia in general and for India in particular. This is because the starting point of Theology of Liberation is the Scriptures of a tiny minority religion, which would not be able to motivate the vast majority of the people in India and Asia.

So, this book is a philosophical look at liberation and how we can free ourselves based on well-tested guidelines. The book is a radical, critical attempt at evolving a Philosophy of Liberation for Asia. It tries to build up a down-to-earth and critico-reflective vision of reality, founded on the human person in his/her entirety, that would sensitise us to oppressive and liberative understandings of man, woman, God and the world.


Editor's Preface



1. The Human Person : Criterion of Liberation

2. Being and Having

3. Some Epistemological Presuppositions for a Philosophy of Liberation

4. Some Hermeneutical Presuppositions for a Philosophy of Liberation

5. The Centre and the Periphery

6. Towards the Liberation of Religion

7. Institutionalised Religion

8. Towards a Liberative Ethic

9. Towards a Liberative Erotics

10. Liberative Androgogics


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Cyril Desbruslais SJ (born 21 December 1940 at Calcutta) is an Indian Jesuit priest, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pune and an accomplished playwright. He has taught various courses like "Philosophical Anthropology," "Philosophy of God," "Rites and Rituals," "History of Western Philosophy" and "Philosophy of Liberation" in his more than forty years of teaching career. He has been writing and directing every year a creative play which has relevant social themes for more than 25 years.

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