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Robert Song

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780198269335

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269335.001.0001

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Jacques Maritain and the Liberal Defence of Pluralism

Jacques Maritain and the Liberal Defence of Pluralism

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Christianity and Liberal Society

Robert Song

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines French Catholic philosopher Jacques Maritain's view on liberalism and his liberal defence of pluralism. It suggests that the ideas of Maritain have been as important as those of any Catholic thinker of the 20th century and that his vision of a ‘new Christendom’ has provided the theological foundations for a distinctive solution to the problems in the communitarian critique of liberalism. This chapter concludes that though Maritain's defence of pluralism admits the importance of human socialization and cultural traditions, his notion that natural legislation is an essential feature of any political society has its own problems.

Keywords:   Jacques Maritain, liberalism, pluralism, new Christendom, human socialization, cultural traditions, natural legislation

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