Integralism: A Manual of Political Philosophy
Publisher: Editiones Scholasticae
Publication Date: April 30, 2020
Integralism is the application to the temporal, political order of the full implications of the revelation of man's supernatural end in Christ and of the divinely established means by which it is to be attained. These implications are identified by means of the philosophia perennis exemplified in the fundamental principles of St Thomas Aquinas. Since the first principle in moral philosophy is the last end, and man's last end cannot be known except by revelation, it is only by accepting the role of handmaid of theology that political philosophy can be adequately constituted. Integralism: A Manual of Political Philosophy is a handbook for those who seek to understand the consequences of this integration of faith and reason for political, economic and individual civic life. It will also serve as a scholastic introduction to political philosophy for those new to the subject. Each chapter finishes with a list of the principal theses proposed.
Integralism: A Manual of Political Philosophy is a book that claims what its namesake is: that is, a manual of a political philosophy called Integralism. It is a filled to the brim explanation about Integralism over many aspects of everyday life. From readdressing concepts that modern man thinks he knows, like "Society", "Servitude", "Family", and "Authority" to discussing Law, Economy, and International Relationships, this manual covers a wide array of human life. It also makes reference to numerous historical events, papal documents, writings of the Saints, and Sacred Scripture as sources for justifying their points. A bulk of their citations is from the angelic doctor himself, St. Thomas Aquinas. These sources allows the manual to go in-depth on each topic it covers. The manual also includes a "Theses" section at the end of each chapter, to summarize the main ideas from the chapter into convenient numerical points, although it does not include all points made. Overall a very extensive introduction to Integralism and a guide/manual for its place in today's society.
The title speaks for itself in my opinion over what this book is. Some context first, I picked up this book in hopes of using it in conversation w/ women out on dates. However, after finishing it, all I can now say is "It is enough". It makes small claims that it backs up by Truth, such as marriage between husband and wife or rights being for the common good, not just for being human. This then builds up a foundation which allows their overarching point to be made, or to explain a key point of Integralism. To the authors credit, they did a remarkable job putting much love and care into this manual to do its job. Its just that "I" was mistaken about it. There are some claims that I don't agree with and it is very dense to read (took me months to finish), but overall it was a fairly enjoyable read and much insight was gained (that I'll definitely use for my own purposes), if only b/c I took for what it was, just a manual on Integralism. My suggestion is that you pick this book up if you want to read more over it. Caution is made since it does utilize St. Thomas's philosophy/view of things, but due to lack about what Thomism is, I can't say if it follows it or not. What I can say is that enthusiasts should read this book and a good strategy would be to read X amount of pages per diem. Finally I give it 4/5 stars and I highly doubt I'll get far with it on a date
Excellent introduction to Catholic political philosophy. Follows Thomistic approach in a clear and understandable style. Great read!