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Rethinking Generosity: Critical Theory and the Politics of Caritas (Contestations)


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Publisher:Cornell University Press, 1997



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Romand Coles explores how we might understand and motivate generosity in a world in which no theological or secular position can claim absolute privilege for itself. He argues that unless our generosity is fashioned in the context of a radical receptivity, we tend to undermine our best aspirations. In the agonistic dialogic character of human beings, Coles argues, is a practice of receptive generosity, an openness to the specific being and voices of others, and a concern to give them something of value. Ethical relations between people should be animated by receptive generosity, he suggests, but they are always fallible and rarely free of a tragic aspect that calls us critically to renew our efforts.

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