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Title:
The way of life John Paul II and the challenge of liberal modernity
Author:
Holloway, Carson, 1969-
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9781602582224
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Waco, Tex. : Baylor University Press, c2008. (Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2015)
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1 online resource (xiv, 189 p. )
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UPCC book collections on Project MUSE.
Contents:
Introduction -- The gospel of life and the culture of death -- Hobbes and the origins of liberal modernity -- Locke's theistic liberalism -- Hume and the morality of sympathy -- The ambiguity of the American founding -- Tocqueville and the moral trajectory of modern democracy -- Conclusion.
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The passing of John Paul II provoked questions about the Pope, particularly in his relation to modernity. Was he opposed to the tenets of modernity, as some critics claimed? Or did he accommodate modernity in a way no Pope ever had, as his champions asserted? In The Way of Life , Carson Holloway examines the fundamental philosophers of modernity-from Hobbes to Toqueville-to suggest that John Paul II's critique of modernity is intended not to reject, but to improve. Thus, claims Holloway, it is appropriate for liberal modernity to attend to the Pope's thought, receiving it not as the attack of an enemy but as the criticism of a candid friend.