Integralism
Political Theory

The Natural Law Theory of the Founders and the Roots of American Disorder:

In a brief, three-part series, I will present an integralist reading of the American founding, with a particular emphasis on its implicit moral philosophy, the idea of the social contract, and the founders’ notion of sovereignty. Part I will discuss some of the explicit and implicit influences of the Protestant “reformation” on the American founding […]

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Miscellenia
Philosophy

Oderberg and the Logico-Mathematical Argument for the Existence of God

Here I wish to briefly discuss a thought experiment that emerges in Oderberg’s discussion of the real distinction between essence and existence, conceived here as physical existence, as in the sense of a concretely existing being, as against metaphysical existence, or existence considered in the abstract. In this analysis emerges an intriguing variant of the cosmological argument for the existence of God, by way of a meditation on the ontological status of mathematical and logical entities.

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Integralism
Political Theory

Pace Troutner: A Defense of Integralism

Timothy Troutner, a doctoral candidate in systematic theology at the University of Notre Dame, recently penned a thoughtful critique of integralism for Church Life Journal. By addressing his assumptions and highlighting some of the internal tensions in his arguments, we may offer a clearer vision of what integralism does and does not entail, while correcting some common misunderstandings. Ultimately, Troutner attempts to both reject liberalism and integralism with such force that one is left with a sense that the Church is incapable of engaging in social teaching without descending into error and violence, or even that any legitimate Christian political action may be impossible. […]

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Integralism
Political Theory

Why Economic Particularism is a Necessary Precursor to Distributism

To the extent a distributist economic regime prioritizing the decentralized ownership of property is to be possible, industry must first be brought back to a scale by which it can be adequately contained and made to serve the interests of the common good. Accordingly, the disassembly of the globalized trade system should be a priority for any prospective integralist community. […]

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Integralism
Political Theory

A Sacrament, Not a Contract: De Bonald, Donoso Cortés & the Centrality of Marriage in Christian Civilization

There is perhaps no better measure of the acute depletion of social capital under liberalism than the collapse of marriage, the attendant disordering of family life, and the consequent decline in fertility, morality, and social stability. In the decades following the French Revolution, the most astute observers of early modernity saw this looming disaster for what it was, anticipating much of what would befall a fracturing society increasingly adrift under rationalist, secular rule. […]

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