Christianity and Political Thought: Augusto Del Noce and the Ideology of Christian Democracy in Post-War Italy

Bjørn Thomassen, Rosario Forlenza

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This article engages with the thought of Augusto Del Noce (1910-1989), the most important Italian Catholic philosopher and political thinker of the twentieth century. The focus is on how Del Noce came to elaborate a Catholic ‘modernity,’ bridging a positive encounter between Catholicism, democracy, and freedom. This philosophical project had a considerable impact on modern Italian culture and politics. At the theoretical level, the argument is embedded within a larger aim to recognize attempts within Catholic philosophy to articulate an Italian political trajectory that does not simply accept the tale of a singular path to modernity based on the Enlightenment model, but instead tries to articulate an alternative vision of the modern, grounded within a transcendental perspective.
TidsskriftJournal of Political Ideologies
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)181-199
Antal sider19
StatusUdgivet - 7 mar. 2016

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