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Title: Outside Human Life
Subtitle: Liberation Theology as a Critique of Anthropological Integrals
Author(s): KERN, Christian
Journal: Louvain Studies
Volume: 42 Issue: 3 Date: 2019
In this article, I argue that ‘anthropological integrals’ summarize, regulate and represent what counts as human in the respective cultural and social context. These anthropological integrals contain normative criteria for recognition and establish social mechanisms of in-/exclusion. In an analysis and critique of normative anthropological integrals, the article reconstructs three influent examples and discusses their ‘exclusivity’ and identitary character, drawing from critical poststructural and postcolonial approaches. It proposes to practice liberation theology and systematic theology as a critique of such normative anthropological integrals, on the basis of an epistemological shift from an integral, unity-based way of thinking to differential thought.