© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI: 10.1163/156973211X581542 International Journal of Public Theology 5 (2011) 273–295 brill.nl/ijpt ‘ Caritas in Veritate ’ and Social Love * Margaret S. Archer École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland Abstract The preliminary part of this paper demonstrates how defective models of personal identity have dominated social theory since the Enlightenment, and indicates their deﬁciencies for social theorizing and as a basis for the Catholic Church’s social teach- ing. Part two examines the consequences of conceptions that are incompatible with the four pillars of Catholic social teaching: human dignity, solidarity, subsidiarity and the common good. Part three examines why recent social teaching is anti-individualist in its emphasis on the connection between personal identity and social relations and endorses relational emergent properties and powers, which are grounded in social real- ism. These points are held to specify necessary but far from suﬃcient social conditions required for transforming late modernity into a ‘civilization of love’. Keywords Catholic social teaching, individualism, love, ‘ Caritas in Veritate ’ Introduction When John Paul II speaks of ‘social love’ in ‘ Redemptor Hominis ’, 1 and Benedict XVI writes about the ‘civilization of love’ in ‘ Caritas in Veritate
International Journal of Public Theology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2011
Keywords: love; ‘Caritas in Veritate’; individualism; Catholic social teaching
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