Jacques Maritain and the Liberal Defence of Pluralism

Robert Song

in Christianity and Liberal Society

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780198269335
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683619 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Theological Ethics

Jacques Maritain and the Liberal Defence of Pluralism

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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

Chapter.  19257 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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