My Liberation Needs Yours: Ethics, Truth, and Inclusion in Academic Life

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My Liberation Needs Yours: Ethics, Truth, and Inclusion in Academic Life

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Sociology and Anthropology

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Despite longstanding scholarly concern with the distinction between ‘facts’ and ‘values’, plus professional canons that separate academics from everyday life, there is an inherent connection between the scholarly attention to intellectual pluralism and a life devoted to expanding opportunities for those whom the academy has traditionally left out. This chapter explores their intellectual nexus in the context of a critique of post-colonial theory’s anti-universalism. It argues that scholarly inquiry is grounded, epistemologically, in a post-Enlightenment quest for ‘truth’, conceived not foundationally but as a regulative ideal – i.e., as an ideal that governs human conduct. This ideal orients inquiry in such a manner as to demand socio-intellectual inclusion rather than exclusion and equality rather than hierarchy. Building on the work of C.S. Pierce, the article shows that these are not, as in static epistemologies, matters of a priori value-choice, but are instead matters of practical (and necessary) eschatological faith. Living an academic life in the contemporary world is thus simultaneously a matter of intellectual and moral import, in which the inclusion of under-represented voices plays a central role.

Document Type

Chapter

Book Title

Alternative Voices: A Plurality Approach for Religious Studies: Essays in Honour of Ulrich Berner

Editors

Afe Adogame, Magnus Echtler, Oliver Freiberger

Series Title

Critical Studies in Religion

Publisher

Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht

Place of Publication

Goettingen, Germany

Publication Date

2013

Pages

324-341

ISBN

978-3525540176

Keywords

epistemology, ethics, liberation, philosophy of science, scholarship

Disciplines

Civic and Community Engagement | Ethics in Religion | Philosophy of Science | Religion | Sociology | Sociology of Religion | Theory, Knowledge and Science

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My Liberation Needs Yours: Ethics, Truth, and Inclusion in Academic Life

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