Modern Catholic Social Documents and Political Economy

Modern Catholic Social Documents and Political Economy

by Albino Barrera
     
 

ISBN-10: 0878408568

ISBN-13: 9780878408566

Pub. Date: 08/28/2001

Publisher: Georgetown University Press

As western economies have moved from feudalism to industrialism to the information age, Catholic social thought has kept pace, responding to the economic realities of the day. Linking Catholic social teaching with modern economic theory, Albino F. Barrera examines the changing political economy embedded within the moral theology and social justice documents issued

Overview

As western economies have moved from feudalism to industrialism to the information age, Catholic social thought has kept pace, responding to the economic realities of the day. Linking Catholic social teaching with modern economic theory, Albino F. Barrera examines the changing political economy embedded within the moral theology and social justice documents issued by the Church during the last hundred years.

Barrera discusses the evolution of Catholic social teachings, from scholastic thinking on the concept of the "just price" to a modern emphasis on the importance of a living wage. As the conduct of economic life according to traditional custom and common law has given way to institutional and impersonal market forces, these teachings have moved from a preoccupation with personal moral behavior to an intense scrutiny of the structures of society. Amidst these changes, the Church's social documents have sought to address systemic shortcomings as a means of promoting the common good through economic justice.

Barrera also looks ahead to the challenges posed by a postindustrial society characterized by a global, knowledge-based economy, arguing that Catholic social thought will likely shift its focus from advocacy of the living wage to demands for greater equality of socioeconomic participation. Written for scholars and students of economics, theology, and political science interested in religious social thought, this book bridges the gap between moral theology and economic theory.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780878408566
Publisher:
Georgetown University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
356
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.48(h) x 1.03(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface

Abbreviations

Part I The Economics of the Modern Tradition Balancing Competing Labor-Management ClaimsAgriculture and the Import-Substitution StrategyDevelopment and Solidaristic Egalitarianism

Part II Retrospective: Evolution from Scholastic Economic ThoughtExchange-Value Determination: From Scholastic Just Price to the Modern Living WageFrom Organic Hierarchy to Individual Rights

Part III Contrast with Normative Mainstream Economic ThoughtAnthropological Presuppositions in Economic ThoughtFelicific Calculus and Transcendent EndTwofold Objectives

Part IV Postindustrial Social Questions: Participative EgalitarianismMarket-Driven Redistribution of Burdens and BenefitsThe Universal Access Principle: Its Evolution and Role in a Knowledge-Based EconomySuperfluous Income Criterion Refined

Part V Conceptual Synthesis First-Order PrinciplesSecond-Order PrinciplesThe Common Good as Due Order and Due Proportion

Appendix The Economics of Quadragesimo Anno's Vocational Groupings

ReferencesIndex

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