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Liberty, Wisdom, and Grace: Thomism and Democratic Political Theory - Applications of Political Theory (Hardback)
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Liberty, Wisdom, and Grace: Thomism and Democratic Political Theory - Applications of Political Theory (Hardback)

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Hardback 340 Pages / Published: 11/12/2002
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Twentieth-century French philosophers Jacques Maritain and Yves R. Simon pioneered new approaches to understanding and defending political democracy in the wake of two world wars. Rather than break from a religious tradition that seemed to struggle against modernity and certain forms of democratic theory and practice, these thinkers instead looked back to the philosophy of Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas to propel Catholic political philosophy forward. The profound influence of Maritain and Simon is manifest in the dramatic achievements of Vatican II and in the work of the scholars of political philosophy who learned from them. John P. Hittinger, one of the finest of these scholars, provides in Liberty, Wisdom, and Grace a comprehensive survey of the Thomists' contributions to contemporary political thought as well as a detailed analysis of their approach to democracy. Hittinger treats criticism of Maritain, including the work of Catholic political writer Aurel Kolnai, and discusses the alternative democratic visions of John Locke and David Richards. His portraits of thinkers who have wrestled with democracy in the Thomist tradition, such as Leo Strauss and John Paul II, are sensitive and engaging. Addressing questions of religion and philosophy broadly understood, the essays collected here offer a searching examination of democratic theory in the modern age.

Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9780739104118
Number of pages: 340
Weight: 640 g
Dimensions: 236 x 160 x 31 mm


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Considered as a whole, these essays provide a comprehensive survey of the political thought of recent Thomist philosophers, Jacques Maritain-the book's central figure-and his colleague, Yves Simon, principally their understanding of the theory and practice of modern democracy. * Journal of Markets & Morality *
Hittinger writes with insight and style. . . . In reflecting on these 16 essays one can see the outlines of a Thomism for the democratic age. * Claremont Review of Books *
Hittinger's confrontation with the subjects of this work is so intensely personal that to read them is to be drawn into a dialogue not only with the subject matter but also with Hittinger himself. It is a bracing and rewarding experience. * Perspectives on Political Science *
This work establishes John Hittinger as one of the ost important political theorists of his generation writing from a Thomistic perspective. Standing on the shoulders of Jacques Maritain, Yves Simon, Leo Strauss, and Eric Vogelin, he establishes his own credentials as an equally sagacious social and political thinker. . . . For a Thomist theory of democratic government and its implications for education, no better text is likely to be found. * Review of Metaphysics *

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