Item description for Critical Social Theory: Prophetic Reason, Civil Society, and Christian Imagination (Guides to Theological Inquiry) by Gary M. Simpson...
Overview Both informative and reflective, Gary Simpson's book traces the genesis of critical social theory in Germany's Frankfurt School of Social Research. But he also explains the reconception of critical theory in the work of Jurgen Haberma, especially in ideas about interpretation, praxis, communicative action, and civil society. Finally, Simpson shows how Christian theology and Christian congregations can employ critical theory to retrieve their prophetic vocation in the life of our society.
Publishers Description Critical theory explained and espoused Simpson ably introduces critical social theory, the German-born intellectual movement that has spawned sharp criticisms of modernity, its use of reason, and our highly technological, bureaucratic culture. Part 1 recounts the emergence of critical social theory within the Frankfurt School of Social Research and the theological stirrings that the Frankfurt project sparked, especially in Paul Tillich. Part 2 explores Jurgen Habermas' reconception and expansion of critical social theory, especially his ideas about hermeneutics, praxis, communicative action, and civil society as the locus of prophetic social movements. Finally, in Part 3 Simpson shows how Christian theology employs critical social theory for the tasks of prophetic reason in a global civil society. Simpson's work is at once a programmatic introduction and a creative theological proposal for public theology.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.49" Width: 5.52" Height: 0.48" Weight: 0.61 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2001
Publisher Augsburg Fortress Publishers
Series Guides To Theological Inquiry
ISBN 0800629167 ISBN13 9780800629168
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More About Gary M. Simpson
Gary M. Simpson was born in 1950.
Gary M. Simpson has published or released items in the following series...