The Political Thought of Lord Acton: English Catholics in the 19th Century

The Political Thought of Lord Acton: English Catholics in the 19th Century

By Rocco Pezzimenti

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A profound Historian, Lord Acton never accepted the nineteenth-century historicist assumptions of a perfectionist kind, nor did he accept dialectical interpretations. Faithful to principle that a kind of natural progression operates in history, he was always convinced that only a vision of perfectibility, resulting from an association of Catholicism and liberalism (the latter seen as the inevitable product of the former) could guarantee effective progress to humankind while yet avoiding the hazards of idealism and utopianism.

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A profound Historian, Lord Acton never accepted the nineteenth-century historicist assumptions of a perfectionist kind, nor did he accept dialectical interpretations. Faithful to principle that a kind of natural progression operates in history, he was always convinced that only a vision of perfectibility, resulting from an association of Catholicism and liberalism (the latter seen as the inevitable product of the former) could guarantee effective progress to humankind while yet avoiding the hazards of idealism and utopianism.

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ISBN 0852444389, 978-0852444382
Page Count 208
Publisher Gracewing
Year Published 2001
Book Excerpt N/A
SKU 1293

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