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Persons and Liberal Democracy : The Ethical and Political Thought of Karol Wojtyla/Pope John Paul II (Hardcover)

Author: Barrett, Edward

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"By offering an overview of a subject that has been relatively neglected by students of John Paul II--- namely his political theory ---Persons and Liberal Democracy. The Ethical and Political Thought of Karol Wojtyla Pope John Paul II makes a valuable contribution to the literature on one of the seminal figures of modern Catholic thought This book is essential reading for anyone interested in contemporary Catholic social theory." Kenneth Grasso, Texas State University San Marcos

"This is a first class work of scholarship that brings out the subtlety and coherence of John Paul's ethical and political thought, carefully distinguishes its philosophical and theological roots, and puts it into dialogue with contemporary secular liberal and communitarian political thinkers." Nathan Tarcov Committee on Social Thought and Department of Political Science University of Chicago

Edward Barrett has synthesized the anthropological theses that underlay the social teaching of the late Pope John Paul II, and he has placed them in conversation with those who will shape social polity in the future. This is an insightful and much-needed work" Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archibishop of Chicago

Fundament ally. Persons and Liberal Democracy: The Ethical and Political Thought of Karol Wojtyla Pope John Paul II is an explication and defense of classical liberalism. It explains the relatively recent shift in the Church's political theory and, in the process, defends what could be deemed a nonstatist form of welfare liberalism. The first chapter contextualizes modern Catholic social thought, explaining how the shift to a nuanced endorsement of liberal economic and political thought was initiated by the pragmatic economic and cultural analyses of nineteenth-century social and liberal Catholics. The next two chapters investigate one fruit of the subsequent reexamination of the relationship of Catholicism to modernity. John Paul's qualified acceptance of liberalism for noncircumstantial, ethical reasons appropriated from within the tradition. While the second chapter details the phenomenological. Thomistic, and theological bases of his ethical premises, the third chapter examines the relationship of these premises to the various aspects of his political theory, particularly his theories of human rights and the complementary roles of the state and civil society in securing these rights. Chapters 4 and 5 initiate a dialogue between this analysis of John Paul's social thought and influential political theorists. In the fourth chapter, the dialogue is between John Paul and four Catholic interlocutors: theoconservatives, liberation theologians, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and British distributists. The fifth chapter brings John Paul and Catholic social thought into conversation with communitarian critics of liberalism and evaluates the relationship of recent thought on civil society and federalism to the principle of subsidiarity. Finally the conclusion highlights his most significant accomplishments and suggests areas for further development.


Publisher Lexington Books
Mfg Part# 9780739121146
SKU 214983707
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0739121146
Release Date 8/1/2010
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