Gender and Metaphysics: Judith Butler and Bernard Lonergan in Conversation

There has long been a mutual distrust between gender theory and Catholic metaphysics. However, this article argues that at least one significant figure in gender studies, Judith Butler, has been broadly misunderstood by many Catholic thinkers. Bringing Butler into dialogue with Bernard Lonergan, thi...

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Published in:Theological studies
Main Author: Hohman, Benjamin
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Sage Publ. [2020]
In:Theological studies
Year: 2020, Volume: 81, Issue: 1, Pages: 111-131
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Butler, Judith 1956- / Gender studies / Lonergan, Bernard J. F. 1904-1984 / Metaphysics
Further subjects:B Bernard Lonergan
B Judith Butler
B Metaphysics
B Method
B Gender studies
Online Access: Volltext (Verlag)
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Summary:There has long been a mutual distrust between gender theory and Catholic metaphysics. However, this article argues that at least one significant figure in gender studies, Judith Butler, has been broadly misunderstood by many Catholic thinkers. Bringing Butler into dialogue with Bernard Lonergan, this article proposes to show (1) that Butler's critiques reveal certain influential strands of Catholic theology as metaphysically untenable, (2) that Lonergan's metaphysics evades Butler's critiques, and (3) that there is a complementarity between Butler and Lonergan's approaches and their aims. The final section of the article offers some foundational principles from Lonergan's metaphysics for framing ongoing dialogue.
ISSN:2169-1304
Contains:Enthalten in: Theological studies
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1177/0040563920904069