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Building upon the tradition of the New Political Theology and Iiberation, decolonial, and feminist theology, this article explores the consequences of a decolonial epistemology of theology for ethical theory. It introduces a critical political ethics that concurs with critical, post-structural, and decolonial theory that knowledge and ethics is necessarily situated while standing firm in their ethical orientation towards liberation from injustice. In all these approaches, the question of freedom is of central importance for the development of political ethics, and political theology as well as critical theory raise the question of authority. Rather than presupposing the liberal concept of autonomy or Kant's moral freedom, critical political ethics distinguishes between four dimensions of freedom, namely transcendental, existential, social, and political freedom. For ethics. the realignment of political theory and practice means that solidarity with the suffering individual and/or group is not only the criterion of moral judgment but also a priority of action. Additionally, however, critical political ethics situates theological ethics in the tradition of witnesses of faith that serve as reference for a creative reimagination of moral and political practices.



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Author Posting © International Association of Conciliar Theology, 2020. This article was published in Concilium, Issue 3, August 2020.

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