Catholic Social Thought and Human Rights

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Abstract

As the dominant moral vocabulary of modernity, the language of human rights establishes significant points of contact between the religious and the secular. Yet, the human rights movement increasingly finds itself in a contested relationship with religious ideas and communities. Even as it draws on the inherited moral resources of religion, the human rights movement, at least in its dominant institutional and intellectual expressions, presents itself as a totalizing moral theory that challenges countervailing theological accounts of human rights. This article considers the distinctive account of human rights that has emerged within Catholic social teaching. Particular attention is given to the process by which Catholic thinking about human rights has embraced political liberalism while also bounding liberalism within a particularistic theologically-informed account of the human person.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-112
Number of pages20
JournalAmerican Journal of Economics and Sociology
Volume74
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes

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Catholic Social Thought and Human Rights. / Calo, Zachary.

In: American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Vol. 74, No. 1, 01.01.2015, p. 93-112.

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