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Title: Nature and Culture
Subtitle: Plurality and Universality
Author(s): CHIODI, Maurizio
Journal: Marriage, Families & Spirituality
Volume: 29    Issue: 1   Date: 2023   
Pages: 99-113
DOI: 10.2143/INT.29.1.3291818

Abstract :
The first part of the essay outlines the categories of nature and culture in Amoris laetitia and in Pope Francis’s programmatic document Evangelii gaudium. Against this background, the second and third parts compare the theoretical junctures of nature, an idea typical of Western theoretical tradition, with the corresponding categories of natural law and of culture, an issue of particular focus in cultural anthropology. Along this theoretical path, surpassing the juxtaposition of the two categories and radically rethinking the case of a cultural idea of nature, I attempt to show the co-implication between the plurality of cultures – considered as constitutive forms of the human – and universal anthropology – which is cultural in origin. The fourth part of the essay poses the question of how rethinking morality, starting from the practical experience of conscience, can be meaningful for the family in its ecclesial character and its anthropological value, which is both universal and cultural.

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