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From the Publisher"The author takes readers through numerous examples of how individual and collective market decisions can have negative consequences on people far from the scene of one’s moral choices. … Informing the whole discussion is a strong Christian moral theological framework."
"As an economist, he has produced an important contribution to the literature on … the unintended social costs of economic activity … As a theologian, Barrera’s great strength is his ability to bring moral theology into dialogue with other disciplines. … an important book on an important subject. … Barrera covers new ground in moral theology and provides a framework for a rigorous examination of the ethics of an important and underexplored aspect of market economics. … a significant and ground-breaking study …"
Journal of Theological Studies
"… an excellent framework for evaluating the moral culpability of those who engage in voluntary transactions in the marketplace. … succeeds in engaging some of the most difficult dilemmas … provides a lucid analysis of marketplace ethics. His work is thought-provoking."
Review of Social Economy
"Barrera writes clearly with lucid prose and a transparent step-by-step approach, which make navigation easy . … The book’s key value is in two areas: its methodology, and the range of disciplines applied. … [I]t is a marvel of scholastic reasoning, and is thorough in the breadth of disciplines that are applied to establish responsibility for the scenarios examined. The significance of the book is in this blending of Christian ethics with principles from tort law or jurisprudence, moral philosophy and economic theory."
"[T]his book will be of value to anyone who is interested in the morality of the global market."
"[A]n impressive and detailed study of the ethics of market participation in globalized markets...weaves together the contributions of theology, philosophy, law and economics with remarkable dexertiy. … an important contribution to political theology and political economy."
"This is a book on an important question by a well-equipped scholar...a valuable contribution to the literature on economics and theology."
International Journal of Social Economics
"[A] careful and serious Christian study of an important and timely issue … an important book for economists with an interest in Catholic economic ethics."
Faith and Economics
“[A] thorough treatment of the topic … focuses on theory rather than practice.”
“Barrera … traces the distinct ways in which moral philosophy, Christian ethics, and economic theory identify economic harms - an interdisciplinary approach he uses well and often to exploit the deepest insights into his subject. … timely and sophisticated analysis of market complicity.”
Journal of Religion“This book is a very welcome contribution to a highly interesting subject. … Anyone interested in Christian economic ethics or in economics ethics in general will find the book very illuminating and stimulating.”
Journal of American Academy of Religion
“Of particular interest is Barrera’s summary of what is distinctive about Christian ethics. … he develops a compelling account of the essential role of community in moral formation … and the effect this should have on our economic choices.”
Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics
"… a thoughtfully argued proposal for an approach to material cooperation that is more detailed and precise … Put simply, Barrera works with the moral tradition he has inherited but enriches it by his employment of parallel insights from other disciplines. … Barrera has provided us with a valuable book … it is a very fine achievement."
“Barrera sets himself a tough intellectual challenge. … It is a very impressive book. … The interweaving of a philosophy of causation, the law of tort and P.D.E. [principle of double effect] in Thomism illuminates current economic events in a magisterial way.”