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Latina/o Social Ethics

Moving Beyond Eurocentric Moral Thinking (New Perspectives on Latina/o Religion)

By Miguel A. De La Torre

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Format: Paperback, 157 pages
Other Information: Illustrations
Published In: United States, 15 October 2010
A groundbreaking corrective work, Latina/o Social Ethics strives to create a liberative ethical approach to the Hispanic experience by using its own tools and materials. First explaining why Eurocentric ethical paradigms are inadequate in their attempts to liberate oppressed communities, Miguel De La Torre looks with Hispanic eyes at three major ethicists of the twentieth century--Walter Rauschenbusch, Reinhold Niebuhr, and Stanley Hauerwas--and how ethics is presented in U.S. culture wars, from the Religious Right to the Religious Left. He deconstructs these ethical paradigms and demonstrates why all are detrimental to and irreconcilable with the Hispanic social location. With a clean slate, then, De La Torre moves to constructing a new Hispanic-centered ethical paradigm that is rooted in the Latino community way of being. Reviewing the field of Hispanic ethical thought, De La Torre pays special attention to specific concepts ripe with potential that have been developed over the past generation. In the final chapter, De La Torre offers his own constructive paradigm--an ethics para joder , which is rooted in the Latina/o experience, and by which, he argues, the Hispanic community can survive within U.S. culture.

Table of Contents

Preface Part 1: Deconstructing Ethics 1. Moving Beyond Eurocentric Ethics 2. Moving Beyond Eurocentric Religious Perspectives Part 2: Reconstructing Ethics 3. Where We Have Been 4. Where We Are Going Notes Works Cited Index

About the Author

Miguel A. De La Torre is Professor of Social Ethics at Iliff School of Theology. His previous books include The Hope for Liberation in World Religions and Doing Christian Ethics from the Margins . He lives in the great Denver, Colorado area.


An unprecedented interpretation of Fell as a theological thinker. Sally Bruyneel highlights both Fell's departures from Protestant and Reformed theology. --Thomas D. Hamm, Professor and Archivist, Earlham College

EAN: 9781602582941
ISBN: 1602582947
Publisher: Baylor University Press
Dimensions: 22.68 x 15.42 x 1.17 centimetres (0.16 kg)
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