Two of the most famous Catholic thinkers of the twentieth century are both former Marxists, converts to the faith, and adherents of St. Thomas Aquinas. And yet, both of them come at issues of Catholic Social Thought from very different angles; Maritain anticipated a one world government, while MacIntyre looks to life animated by small local communities, rich in story-telling, and tight familial bonds. Where Maritain looked to expand universal rules, policy and leadership, MacIntryre’s perspective is defined by communities and uniquely determined by cultures and characters. So which one gets it right? Which position lends itself best to lively culture, justice, the common good, and the flourishing of the human person?
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