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4.1 | 2013
Religion and development
Religion et développement

The Catholic Doctrine of ‘Integral Human Development’ and its Influence on the International Development Community (abstract)

Ludovic Bertina
p. 115-127
This article is a translation of:
La doctrine catholique du « développement humain intégral » et son influence sur la communauté internationale du développement

Abstract

In 1967, Pope Paul VI posited the notion of ‘integral human development’, which, as developed by his successors, John Paul II and Benedict XVI, broke with the modern project of purely economic and technological development, resulting in an original understanding of ‘development’. The papal doctrine, as conventional conceptions of development, is in favour of economic growth, technological innovation and the implementation of social programmes. As ‘integral human development’, however, emphasises the religious goal of reconciling humanity and God through the creation of a human family over these more material social and economic issues, it cannot be equated to secular development theory. This chapter highlights the unique character of this doctrine and examines its influences on the theoretical framework of the international development community.

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Editor's notes

Paperback reference : Bertina, L. (2013) "The Catholic Doctrine of ‘Integral Human Development’ and its Influence on the International Development Community", in International Development Policy: Religion and Development, No.4, Geneva: Graduate Institute Publications, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 115-127.

References

Bibliographical reference

Ludovic Bertina, « The Catholic Doctrine of ‘Integral Human Development’ and its Influence on the International Development Community (abstract) »,International Development Policy | Revue internationale de politique de développement, 4.1 | 2013, 115-127.

Electronic reference

Ludovic Bertina, « The Catholic Doctrine of ‘Integral Human Development’ and its Influence on the International Development Community (abstract) », International Development Policy | Revue internationale de politique de développement [Online], 4.1 | 2013, Online since 14 February 2013, connection on 25 September 2017. URL : http://poldev.revues.org/1402 ; DOI : 10.4000/poldev.1402

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About the author

Ludovic Bertina

Graduate of Sciences Po Paris and doctoral candidate in political science at the Ecole pratique des hautes études (EPHE) in Paris. He is currently preparing a thesis entitled ‘Devenir écologiste: l’appropriation du référent écologiste par la pensée politique occidentale (1970–2010)’ [Becoming Ecological: The Appropriation of the Ecological Referent by Western Political Thought (1970–2010)].

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