Blondel, the Philosophy of Action and Liberation Theology

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Maurice Blondel's philosophy of action and concrete political theology provide foundations for modern theologies of action. By commencing with the reflective subject, Blondel compensates the deficiencies of collectivist Marxist social analysis. He did not live to complete his account of the social, political and economic implications of his philosophy, but they are realized in the work and witness of others: Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Yves de Montcheuil, Henri de Lubac and John McNeill. Liberation theologians of diverse persuasions need especially to acknowledge their debt to Blondel in an era when, in Western societies, the fundamental context of action is no longer material but intellectual, spiritual and interpersonal. The abstract nature of his thought means that he frequently opens suggestive paths into further reflection rather than prescribing complete solutions to specific practical questions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)502-524
JournalPolitical Theology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • action
  • Maurice Blondel
  • liberation theology


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