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Catholic Social Science Review

Volume 8, 2003

Lisa Lickona
Pages 27-37

The Christocentrism of Pope John Paul II
Foundation for a "Catholic Integralism"

More than one writer in the field of social science has advocated the Integralisnn of Pitirim Sorokin as a worthy starting point for development of an epistemology that might serve the work of the Catholic social scientist. Because Sorokin's Integralism provides a theory of truth that embraces supernatural knowledge and an epistemology that makes room for the act of faith, his theory is of particular interest to Catholic scholars. The purpose of this paper is to present the sources for such a "Catholic variant" of Integralism in the works of Pope John Paul II, particularly his encyclical Fides et Ratio.

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