The Ethics of Catholicism and the Consecration of the Intellectual by Andre J. Belanger
English | Jan. 6, 1997 | ISBN: 0773515178 | 251 Pages | PDF | 13 MB
Using France as the most representative case of a Catholic context, Belanger argues that as French society became more secularized intellectuals replaced the clergy as arbitrators of justice and enlightenment. Catholic morality was consolidated by the scholastic tradition and confirmed by the Counter-Reformation, providing the foundation that allowed the establishment of a lay elite. Belanger describes the progressive takeover of positions of influence by the new elite in Catholic society and examines arguments used by thinkers from the seventeenth to the twentieth century to legitimize their positions.