Chapter Six: The Survival of Tradition

Luis Cortest

in The Disfigured Face

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780823228539
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235681 | DOI:

Series: Moral Philosophy and Moral Theology

Chapter Six: The Survival of Tradition

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This chapter discusses how the Thomistic philosophy survives, looking into the lives of Desiré Joseph Mercier and Jacques Maritain, and the doctrine of Pope John Paul II. As a scholar, Mercier was strongly committed to the idea that all of the sciences could work together with philosophy to form a unified, rational whole. His heroic stand against the Germans during the First World War made him an international celebrity. Leo's defense, like Mercier's, was based on natural right and justice. In 1882, Jacques Maritain was born in Paris. Maritain was perhaps one of the strongest Catholic defenders of democracy in his day. He was convinced that this form of government was best suited to protect the dignity of the human person. The strongest defender of natural law since Leo XIII was Pope John Paul II. His most comprehensive statements appeared in the 1993 encyclical Veritatis Splendor.

Keywords: Desiré Joseph Mercier; Jacques Maritain; Pope John Paul II; natural right; democracy; Veritatis Splendor; Pope Leo XIII; natural law; human dignity; Thomism

Chapter.  8973 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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