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Catholicism and liberalism : contributions to American public philosophy
Douglass, R. Bruce.
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1994.
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xv, 352 p. ; 24 cm.
Cambridge studies in religion and American public life
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Cambridge studies in religion and American public life
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Liberalism and Catholicism are two of the most important forces shaping the contemporary political culture of the United States. This book explores what is at stake as they encounter each other in new contexts today and what a fresh conversation between them promises for the future of American public life. It is based on the conviction that both traditions continue to have much to learn from each other and that both would contribute more constructively to the resolution of the problems facing the nation if they were to do so. It is thus an invitation to the dialogue that could produce such mutual learning, and is a collaborative effort that brings together the work of scholars from a variety of disciplines. Though the book gives particular attention to the United States, it has relevance to debates about the future of liberalism and Catholicism in many other parts of the world.

Table of Contents

Part I Historical Conflicts and Developments
1 The failed encounter: the Catholic Church and liberalism in the nineteenth centuryPeter Steinfels
2 American Catholics and liberalism, 1789-1960Philip Gleason
3 Vatican II and the encounter between Catholicism and liberalismJoseph A. Komonchak
4 Liberalism after the good times: the 'End of History' in historical perspectiveR. Bruce Douglass
Part II New Encounters and Theoretical Reconstructions
5 A communitarian reconstruction of human rightsDavid Hollenbach
6 Catholic social thought, the city, and liberal AmericaJean Bethke Elshtain
7 The common good and the open societyLouis Dupre
8 Catholic classics in American liberal cultureDavid Tracy
Part III Practices and Institutions
9 Catholicism and liberal democracyPaul E. Sigmund
10 Feminism, liberalism, and CatholicismMary C. Segers
11 The family, liberalism, and Catholic social teachingLaura Gellot
12 Rights of persons in the ChurchJames Provost
Afterword: a community of freedom