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Comprehending Power in Christian Social Ethics

by Christine Firer Hinze

Part of the AAR Academy Series Series

Comprehending Power in Christian Social Ethics Synopsis

Christine Firer Hinze examines how socio-political power has been modeled in recent social theory and Christian ethics, and considers its theological and sociological underpinnings. The interaction of two models of power, power over and power to is traced in the works of selected religious (Reinhold Niebuhr, Jacques Maritain, Paul Tillich, and Martin Luther King, Jr.) and social (Max Weber, Karl Marx, Hannah ARendt, Michel Foucault, and Anthony Giddens) theorists of the past century. Hinze advances a constructive argument in favor of a theory that systematically integrates power's superordinating and collaborative features, and does so in a manner that coheres with the ethicist's underlying theological and sociological commitments. Appealing to a variety of warrants, she offers a comprehensive approach to power that takes power to as its descriptive and normative starting point and relegates power over to a limited and strictly instrumental role in socio-political practice.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780788501685
Publication date: 14th November 2000
Author: Christine Firer Hinze
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 328 pages
Categories: Ethics & moral philosophy, Social & political philosophy,

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