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date: 21 November 2019

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This chapter explores the theological–epistemological dynamics of liberation theology. It considers why liberation theology has tended not to express itself within the language of Anglo-American analytic philosophy that characterizes many epistemological discussions. It then provides a description of liberation theology’s own presentation of its epistemological claims, with a special focus on the notion of ‘critical reflection on praxis’. Attention is given to the ways liberation theology insists on the socially located and historically oriented nature of knowledge formation. Finally, the chapter attempts a dialogue between liberation theology and analytically driven categories of epistemology in the interests of mutual clarification and enrichment, and claims that a fruitful conversation can emerge between these disciplines. Each side also presents challenges that the other might consider for its own refinement and development.

Keywords: liberation theology, epistemology, Marxism, praxis, virtue epistemology, practical knowledge, Boff, Dussel, Sobrino

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