Robert Schuman: Neo-Scholastic Humanism and the Reunification of Europe Alan Paul Fimister

ISBN: 9781299434479

Published: May 10th 2014

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Robert Schuman: Neo-Scholastic Humanism and the Reunification of Europe  by  Alan Paul Fimister

Robert Schuman: Neo-Scholastic Humanism and the Reunification of Europe by Alan Paul Fimister
May 10th 2014 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 288 pages | ISBN: 9781299434479 | 4.36 Mb

On 9th May 1950 Robert Schuman (1886-1963) made the historic declaration that would form the foundation of the European Community. What is seldom appreciated is the remarkable degree to which Schuman s actions were the conscious implementation of theMoreOn 9th May 1950 Robert Schuman (1886-1963) made the historic declaration that would form the foundation of the European Community.

What is seldom appreciated is the remarkable degree to which Schuman s actions were the conscious implementation of the Neo-Thomistic project of Pope Leo XIII (1878-1903). Leo sought to employ the intellectual resources of St Thomas Aquinas to achieve -the restoration, both in rulers and peoples, of the principles of the Christian life in civil and domestic society-. The resolution of the Church s difficulties with the French Republic and republicanism generally was a central goal of Leo s programme.

In the half-century that followed a series of philosophers sought to envisage the concrete conditions under which Leo s vision could be realised. Foremost among them was Jacques Maritain (1882-1973).Robert Schuman was a close student of Aquinas and committed to the reconciliation of the Church and the Republic. As French Foreign Minister he sought to act upon Maritain s belief that a European federation conceived under the banner of liberty would ultimately lead to the establishment of a new Christendom.



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