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The Influence of Personalism on Croatian Chatolic Social Thinkers in the 1930s

Ivan Čulo ; Institut Fontes Sapientiae, Zagreb

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str. 535-580

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In his work, the author is questioning the influence of French personalism on Croatian catholic social thinkers, especially those active during the 1930s. This influence is particularly noticeable in the work of Milan Ivšić, Juraj Šćetinec and Bonifacije Perović, leaders of the social thought of that time. By criticizing the existing system, they were trying to create the new one based on Christian personal values and personal national spirit.
The author recognizes Milan Ivšić to be a forerunner of so called economic personalism because of his detalied research of economic theory, history and methodology, as well as, at that time, contemporary business practices in the light of human dignity and justice. By accepting christian solidarity and developing the co-operative idea, Ivšić advocated the change of the existing social and legal system to be more in line with the principles of personalism but taking into account hystoric and social values of Croatian people. Along the same lines, we can find work of Juraj Šćetinac in search for personalists values in economic life criticizing the individual and liberal attributes of capitalism. Šćetinac pleaded for a balanced relationship between labor and capital, personal development and protection of human dignity.
According to the author, the most prominent representative of personalism in Croatian catholic social thought is Bonifacije Perović, who, in several occasions starting in the 1930s, emphasises that not only personalism influenced Croatian catholic thougth but personalism was a kind of movement within the catholic social movement. Perović developes his critique of capitalism, marxism, formal democracy and searches for a new system with foundations rooted in the man and in the people. His work, pre- and postwar, was rounded in a trilogy on the present and the future of Croatian society where the starting point is a human beeing as a person. 

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personalism, Croatian Catholic social doctrine, Milan Ivšić, Juraj Šćetinec, Bonifacije Perović, person, criticism of totalitarian regimes

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