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Faith, Resistance, and the FutureDaniel Berrigan's Challenge to Catholic Social Thought$
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James L. Marsh and Anna Brown

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823239825

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823239825.001.0001

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Berrigan Underground

Berrigan Underground

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(p.155) Berrigan Underground
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Faith, Resistance, and the Future
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Thomas Jeannot

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823239825.003.0011

In this chapter, Jeannot interrogates Berrigan on his theory and practice of civil disobedience. Using Rawls’s theory of civil disobedience in a Theory of Justice as a foil, Jeannot argues that Berrigan underground, fleeing the authorities after the trial of the Catnonsville Nine, cannot be accommodated to the American narrative after the fashion of Thoreau in Walden Pond. We must understand Berrigan along the path of a via negativa as defying the best American traditions of civil disobedience and their philosophical justifications. He must disturb us in the way that he disturbed a sober and thoughtful Robert Coles. Hazy evocations of Thoreau, or Gandhi, or King will not suffice. What is required indeed, if we are to take his great refusal seriously, is a clear grasp of the liberal doctrine he negated, of which the best contemporary version is Rawls.

Keywords:   Civil disobedience, Underground, John Rawls, Henry Thoreau, Robert Coles, Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr, Via Negativa, Merry prankster

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