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New Approaches to Religion and Power

Foucault, Douglass, Fanon, and Scotus in Dialogue

On Social Construction and Freedom

Authors: Nielsen, C.

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Nielsen offers a dialogue with Foucault, Frederick Douglass, Frantz Fanon and the Augustinian-Franciscan tradition, investigating the relation between social construction and freedom and proposing an historically friendly, ethically sensitive, and religico-philosophical model for human being and existence in a shared pluralistic world.

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Cynthia R. Nielsen is a Catherine of Siena Fellow in the Ethics Program at Villanova University, USA

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"Nielsen's work is well written, thought provoking, and an asset to the field. I highly recommend this read for those interested in interdisciplinary studies of four dynamic philosophical thinkers. Nielsen's subtle yet bold analysis manages to make four unlikely conversations and partners likely. Unlikely, because these four men's life experiences range within different historical time periods: from the medieval to the nineteenth to the twentieth century. Nielsen places these men in the same time and space, offering us vibrant and lifegiving ways of seeing: we see within a multitude of converging and dissenting forms of thought a 'fusion of horizons' opening us to possibilities for envisioning healthy dialogue and reflection. In some cases, we also begin to see these four men and what they stood for in ways not previously recognized. For me, Nielsen's analysis of Douglass and Fanon strengthened and humanized Foucault, and made Scotus relevant in the twenty-first century." - Dr. Renee K. Harrison's, Assistant Professor, African American and US Religious History, Howard University, Black Theology 12.2

"Nielsen's synthetic work in Foucault, Douglass, Fanon, and Scotus in Dialogue is of great value as an example of how philosophers can construct liberating and emancipatory theories by harmonizing the ideas of the many great thinkers within the philosophical canon. Too often we find ourselves mired in combative work, hunting for the weaknesses in the arguments of our philosophical adversaries. Nielsen's approach reminds us that ideas can be blended into beautiful configurations, in the same way that blending colors on a painter's palette can yield all of the hues required to reflect the way we see the world." - Joshua B. Cutts, doctoral student of philosophy, Temple University, USA, Foucault Studies, No. 19


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Themes and Their Variations: Harmonizing Humans as Socially Constructed and Free?

    Nielsen, Cynthia R.

    Pages 1-16

  • Foucault and Subjectivities

    Nielsen, Cynthia R.

    Pages 17-43

  • Frederick Douglass on Power Relations and Resistance “From Below”

    Nielsen, Cynthia R.

    Pages 45-71

  • Fanon on Decolonizing Colonized Subjectivities and the Quest for an Historically Attuned Symphonic Humanism

    Nielsen, Cynthia R.

    Pages 73-102

  • Duns Scotus and Multidimensional Freedom

    Nielsen, Cynthia R.

    Pages 103-135

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Foucault, Douglass, Fanon, and Scotus in Dialogue
Book Subtitle
On Social Construction and Freedom
Authors
Series Title
New Approaches to Religion and Power
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-03411-3
DOI
10.1057/9781137034113
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-03410-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-44172-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 212
Topics