Catholic Modernity and the Italian Constitution

Bjørn Thomassen, Rosario Forlenza

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Abstract

This article analyzes the Catholic contribution to the Italian republican and democratic Constitution of 1948. The focus is on the specific way in which the Italian citizen became symbolically coded as a ‘person’ and not as an ‘individual’, inspired by Catholic social philosophy. The Catholic project for the new Constitution had a considerable impact on modern Italian culture and politics and on the building of a modern mass democracy and welfare state. During the crucial historical juncture that followed the collapse of Fascism, Catholic politicians and intellectuals sought to interpret and give direction to the very idea of political modernity, bridging a positive encounter between Catholicism, democracy, and freedom. The specific argument is embedded within a larger aim to recognize attempts within Catholic philosophy and political thought to articulate a trajectory that moved away from the Enlightenment model, trying instead to articulate a Catholic, post-liberal and ‘spiritual’ political modernity.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftHistory Workshop Journal
Vol/bind81
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)231-251
Antal sider21
ISSN1363-3554
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2 maj 2016

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