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An American Angle of vision, Part 1

John J. McDermott

in The Drama of Possibility

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780823226627
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235704 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823226627.003.0006

Series: American Philosophy

An American Angle of vision,               Part 1

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This chapter presents an essay on the leadership role of the Roman Catholic Church and the American federal government in raising the question of renewal. In both cases, there was strong opposition for different reasons. In the case of the church, the opposition proceeded from a reading of the historical past to the conclusion of institutional immutability, while the opposition on the American scene derives its strength far more from an analysis of the dangers in our contemporary situation. This chapter suggests that the issue in both situations is rooted in the same historical matrix, the 16th century reformulations of Western experience.

Keywords: renewal; Roman Catholic Church; federal government; America; institutional immutability; essay

Chapter.  8708 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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