Some Philosophical Remarks on the Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’

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Abstract

In this paper, I aim at interpreting the project of the encyclical as a sort of paradigmatic turn in the way ofconceiving Christian faith. At paragraph 49, it is underlined that a “true ecological approach always becomesa social approach” and this implies the need of hearing “both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor”. Inmy view, by uniting the two categories of “nature/creation” and “poverty”, the encyclical implicitly builds anideal bridge between Pope Francis’ paradigmatic turn and that “political turn” invoked by the Catholic theologianJ. B. Metz from the end of the sixties through the proposal of a “New Political Theology”. Indeed, theexcesses of the neo-liberal paradigm and the perverse effects of a certain organization of global market pushesChristianity to act by involving all social, cultural and religious actors, in order to fight against all theforms of suffering and dehumanization of contemporary society. I’m also interested in underlining someweak aspects of Pope’s ecological approach.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-93
Number of pages21
JournalMETABASIS.IT
Volume21
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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