See this online ebook:
- The Person and the Common Good, by Jacques Maritain, translated by John J. Fitzgerald (New York: Charles Scribner’s sons, 1947). May be read online through this page of the Jacques Maritain Center.
See also the following related text(s):
- Encyclical Letter “Redemptor Hominis” at the Beginning of His Papal Ministry, by Saint John Paul the Great (Pope John Paul II), 4 March 1979. With the title “On Redemption and the Dignity of Man”, the text may be read online on this page of Catholic Culture (copyright © 2021 Trinity Communications). With the titles “Redeemer of Man” and “On Redemption and the Dignity of the Human Race”, the text may be read online on this page of the EWTN Library. The text is also available at the Holy See.
See also the following related text(s) focusing on human rights:
- “The Catholic Neo-Scholastic Contribution to Human Rights: The Natural Law Foundation”, by Robert John Araujo, S.J., Ave Maria Law Review, Volume 1, No. 1 (2003): pp. 159-174. Available in PDF format at Loyola University.
- Catholic Social Doctrine and Human Rights (Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences Acta 15: Proceedings of the 15th Plenary Session, 1-5 May 2009), edited by Roland Minnerath, Ombretta Fumagalli Carulli, and Vittorio Possenti (Vatican City: Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, 2010). 630 pages. Available in PDF format on this page of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.
- “Conceptual Foundations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Human Rights, Human Dignity and Personhood”, by Dr. Thomas Finegan, Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy, Vol. 37 (2012), pp. 182-218. Available in pdf format at the Australasian Legal Information Institute.
- “Human Dignity: The Foundation of Human Rights and Religious Freedom”, by Dr. John Loughlin, Memoria y Civilización, Vol. 19 (December 2016): pp. 313-343. Available in pdf, mobi, epub, and docx formats on this page, accessed through this page of the Deposito Academico Digital Universidad de Navarra (DADUN). Available at ResearchGate uploaded by Dr. John Loughlin.
- “The Influence of Catholic Social Doctrine on Human Rights”, by Professor Mary Ann Glendon, in Catholic Social Doctrine and Human Rights (Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, Acta 15: Proceedings of the 15th Plenary Session, 1-5 May 2009), edited by Roland Minnerath, Ombretta Fumagalli Carulli, and Vittorio Possenti (Vatican City: Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, 2010). The essay is available in PDF format (here) and the entire volume is available in PDF format on this page at the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. The essay was reprinted in the Journal of Catholic Social Thought, Vol. 10, No. 1 (2013), pp. 69-84, available in PDF format (on this page) at Villanova University.
- “Natural Human Rights: The Perspective of the Ius Commune,” by Richard. H. Helmholz, Catholic University Law Review, Vol. 52 (2003): 301-326. Available in pdf format at Chicago Unbound Collections.
- “The ‘New’ Evangelization in the Americas: On the Catholic Origins of Human Rights”, by David Lantigua, Ph.D., Church Life: A Journal for the New Evangelization (Fall 2012): pages 75-84. Available in pdf format (on this page) at the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy.
- “Our Debt to De Vitoria: A Catholic Foundation of Human Rights”, by Robert John Araujo, S.J., Ave Maria Law Review 10:2 (2012), pages 313-329. Available in PDF format on this page of the Ave Maria School of Law—Law Review.
- “Retrieving a Catholic Tradition of Subjective Natural Rights from the Late Scholastic Francisco Suárez, S.J.”, by Steven J. Brust, Ph.D., Ave Maria Law Review, Vol. 10, Issue 2 (Spring 2012). Available in pdf format through the index of issues at Ave Maria Law Review.
- Universal Rights in a World of Diversity: The Case of Religious Freedom (Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences Acta 17: Proceedings of the 17th Plenary Session, 29 April-3 May 2011), edited by Mary Ann Glendon and Hans E. Zacher (Vatican City: Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, 2012). 700 pages. Available in PDF format on this page of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. N.B., This corpus includes various scholarly addresses and articles, including “How Christians and Other Native Minorities are Faring in the Unfolding Arab Turmoil of 2011” by Habib C. Malik, “What Is or Should Be the Role of Religiously Informed Moral Viewpoints in Public Discourse (Especially Where Hotly Contested Issues Are Concerned)?” by Vittorio Possenti, and “Fundamentalist and Other Obstacles to Religious Toleration” by Malise Ruthven.]
Posted on the Memorial of the Holy Confessor Paulinus of Nola and the Holy Martyrs John Fisher and Thomas More in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite; and on the day after the secular observance of World Humanist Day. For other texts and ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title), the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject), the List of Worth-It Catholic Books & eBooks, and the main page of the Catholic eBooks Project.
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