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ERIC Number: EJ1132826
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1948-5891
The Hermeneutical Function of the Family in Right Understanding of Catholic Social Teaching and Its Use for Catholic University Education
Anderson, Justin
Journal of Catholic Higher Education, v35 n2 p119-132 Sum 2016
In this paper, I argue that a "de facto" politicizing approach to the principles of Catholic Social Teaching miscasts several qualities of that body of teaching, leading to several negative prejudices. As a remedy to this politicization, I propose a "familial hermeneutical" approach that renders the principles of Catholic Social Teaching more comprehensible and avoids the negative effects of politicization. I address possible objections to this proposal and in the process of replying further clarify the proposal. Finally, I draw out the thesis's practical implications for Catholic higher education by indicating how the familial hermeneutic can assist the curricula of programs such as business ethics, where a chief difficulty is inculcating in the student a proper perception of how to take a principled approach to subject matter.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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