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The Bonds of FreedomFeminist Theology and Christian Realism$
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Rebekah L. Miles

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195144161

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195144163.001.0001

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Battling for Truth in the Beloved Community

Battling for Truth in the Beloved Community

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(p.120) Five Battling for Truth in the Beloved Community
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The Bonds of Freedom
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Rebekah L. Miles (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195144163.003.0005

An examination is made of Sharon Welch's political realist position. Welch, in contrast to Ruether, locates moral norms and the divine in particular human communities, and all moral claims are radically relative to those particular contexts. Appeals to an experience or reality that transcends our interactions in communities are illusory justifications of our own relative positions, since only within community interaction can we transcend ourselves as we see the limitations of our understandings through the criticism of others. Welch is a political realist in the sense that she is suspicious of the power interests hidden behind truth claims, and she is cynical in her skepticism of any substantive grounding for moral claims. It is shown that each of these proposals undercuts a crucial aspect of feminist moral judgment and, thus, does not lessen, but rather unintentionally supports, further domination.

Keywords:   divine presence, domination, feminism, human communities, moral claims, moral norms, political realism, relative political realism, transcendence, Sharon Welch

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