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The Vision of Catholic Social Thought

The Virtue of Solidarity and the Praxis of Human Rights

by Meghan J. Clark

Publication Year: 2014

The Vision of Catholic Social Thought traces the emergence of solidarity and human rights as critical theological and philosophical pillars of the anthropology and ethics foundational to the development of Catholic social teaching. Meghan J. Clark argues that the integration of human rights and the virtue of solidarity at the root of the Catholic social tradition are the unique contributions Catholic thought makes to contemporary debates in ethics, political and philosophical theory. Building upon the historical framework of the development of Catholic social thought, drawing deeply from the papal encyclical tradition and the theological and ethical developments of Vatican II, Clark forwards a constructive vision of virtue and social practice, applying this critical question of human rights on the international stage.

Published by: Augsburg Fortress Publishers

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Acknowledgements

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pp. vii-viii

It takes a community to raise a social ethicist, and in both my personal and professional life I have been formed by the witness and work of many others. This book is dedicated to the memory of my grandparents, John and Carol Clark. They took me to my first political protest, shopped with me for the local...

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Foreword

David Hollenbach, SJ

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pp. ix-xii

Meghan Clark’s Vision of Catholic Social Thought gives us a compelling approach to key ethical issues that are arising in the context of our globalizing world. Globalization is having an increasingly powerful impact on many of the political, economic, and cultural realities shaping the lives of men and women...

Catholic Social Teaching Documents and Abbreviations

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pp. xiii-xiv

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Introduction: The Vision of Catholic Social Thought

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pp. 1-8

In the face of twentieth-century horrors, from the Shoah to Rwanda, Darfur to Syria, apartheid to the factory-fire massacre in Bangladesh, the language of human rights has emerged as compelling rhetoric and framework. Our social conscience struggles with the expanding recognition of the humanity...

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1. Catholic Social Teaching on Human Rights and Solidarity

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pp. 9-42

At the end of World War II, the world order as it had existed was in shambles. The unspeakable horror and devastation of both the Holocaust and the war itself required a global response. Though this is the period of growing Cold War alliances, 1948 also marked the emergence of a new social and political...

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2. Anthropological Foundations for Human Rights and Solidarity

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pp. 43-72

When the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was drafted and approved, Jacques Maritain and others noted that there was remarkable consensus concerning the content of the document, provided that no one asked why. In 1948, the document was approved and the age of human rights began in...

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3. Integral Human Development, Practicality, and Social Analysis

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pp. 73-100

Reflecting on Pope Paul VI’s Populorum Progressio, Pope John Paul II contends: “the originality of the encyclical consists not so much in the affirmation, historical in character, of the universality of the social question but rather in the moral evaluation of this reality” (SRS 9), including the obligation to consider...

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4. The Virtue of Solidarity and the Praxis of Human Rights

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pp. 101-124

Human dignity, as an ontological characteristic of the human person, includes relationality. Not only are human persons social by nature, but human dignity itself also includes relationality and participation. Through the previous chapters, examining in detail communal philosophical and theological...

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5. Engaging the Future of the Human Rights Project and Building Solidarity

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pp. 125-148

Human rights and solidarity emerged as the twin pillars of Catholic social thought in the last fifty years. Elaborating the relationship between human rights and solidarity as grounded in the human person, this book seeks clarifies both the virtue of solidarity and the moral obligations of human rights. Further...

Bibliography

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pp. 149-162

Index of Names

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pp. 163-164

Index of Subjects

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pp. 165-166

Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9781451484403
E-ISBN-10: 1451484402
Print-ISBN-13: 9781451472486
Print-ISBN-10: 145147248X

Page Count: 224
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Publication Year: 2014