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Religions 2019, 10(1), 57; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10010057

Participation as a Christian Ethic: Wojtyla’s Phenomenology of Subject-in-Community, Ubuntu, and the Trinity

School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry, The University of Queensland, Brisbane 4072, Australia
Received: 22 October 2018 / Revised: 14 January 2019 / Accepted: 14 January 2019 / Published: 17 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Theology and Practical Life)
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Abstract

Participation is defined as being-with and acting-for others with the aim of advancing the common good. Karol Wojtyla’s philosophy of community and the Sub-Saharan ethic known as Ubuntu are used to describe a participative ethic. These philosophies approach participation in a particular way—namely, through positing both an ‘I-Thou’ and a ‘We’ dimension. Neither in Wojtyla’s philosophy, nor in Ubuntu, do we find references to Christian theology. Though it is evident that these philosophies incorporate certain moral values embraced by the Christian community, it is necessary to make the theological alignment explicit. The main aim of the essay is to do just that. It is argued that participation is rightly construed as a Trinitarian ethic. View Full-Text
Keywords: participation; Trinity; subjectivity; community; Ubuntu participation; Trinity; subjectivity; community; Ubuntu
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Pembroke, N. Participation as a Christian Ethic: Wojtyla’s Phenomenology of Subject-in-Community, Ubuntu, and the Trinity. Religions 2019, 10, 57.

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