How I Think I Learned To Think Theologically

Stanley Hauerwas*, Alasdair MacIntyre

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Abstract

Stanley Hauerwas draws upon the Aristotelian philosophy of Alasdair MacIntyre and Charles Taylor to reflect upon his own approach to theology Like MacIntyre and Taylor, Haurwas rejects the modern theoretical "position from nowhere" that demands "a ground that is unassailable." Instead he approaches theology as an exercise of practical rationality that takes seriously the varied "presumptions that shape the character" of different individuals and communities. Hauerwas reflects on the practical nature of theology by surveying his own attempt to work as a theologian. This seemingly self-reflexive exercise, however, does not lead to an implicit or explicit embrace of the privileged first person singular. Rather Hauerwas uses this exercise to reflect on the political character of theology in so far as the particularity of any theologian any singular "I" simply doesn't exist apart from the speech that makes her life and work both possible and intelligible. Attending to language and agency is another way to understand how the work of theology is at once practical and particular, meaning theology will always be political.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)641-658
Number of pages18
JournalAmerican Catholic Philosophical Quarterly
Volume88
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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