The True Wealth of Nations: Catholic Social Thought and Economic Life

The True Wealth of Nations: Catholic Social Thought and Economic Life

by Daniel Finn
     
 


Roman Catholic social thought has had much to say about economic life: about virtues and moral principles, about individuals, communities, and institutions. Catholic social thought (CST) is a complex body of ideas that has real consequences, well-described by Hans Urs von Balthasar as "symphonic" in its multiple principles and approaches, nonetheless producing… See more details below

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Roman Catholic social thought has had much to say about economic life: about virtues and moral principles, about individuals, communities, and institutions. Catholic social thought (CST) is a complex body of ideas that has real consequences, well-described by Hans Urs von Balthasar as "symphonic" in its multiple principles and approaches, nonetheless producing an integrated vision. This tradition can best be understood if it is taken most seriously. The authors of the fifteen papers in this collection begin with a fundamental proposition: that the economic and cultural criteria identified in the tradition of Catholic social thought provide an effective path to sustainable prosperity for all. Two papers undertake the challenge of specifying the means CST recommends and the goals for which it aims. Five are historical studies: of the change in worldview from the medieval to the present, of the medieval Franciscan roots of markets, of the empirical impact that Christian democratic parties and labor unions have had on European society, and of the legal and moral analysis of "the unjust contract." Six papers examine CST and the fundamental proposition from diverse perspectives: from Africa, Latin America, sociology, the economics view of women, and eco-feminism. Finally, two papers provide an introductory chapter and a conclusion addressing the question of how practically to think of the potential implementation of CST in a world rarely open to change.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199739820
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/23/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Contributors Preface Introduction

1. What Does Catholic Social Thought Recommend for the Economy? The Economic Common Good as a Path to True Prosperity Albino Barrera
2. What is Sustainable Prosperity for All in the Catholic Social Tradition Andrew Yuengert
3. Catholic Social Thought, Civil Economy, and the Spirit of Capitalism Stefano Zamagni
4. The Political and Economic Impact of CST since 1891: Christian Democracy and Christian Labour Unions in Europe Vera Zamagni
5. Just Contracts and Catholic Social Teaching: A Perspective from Anglo-American Law Vincent D. Rougeau
6. The Unjust Contract: A Moral Evaluation Daniel K. Finn
7. From a Theological Frame to a Secular Frame: How Historical Context Shapes our Understanding of the Principles of Catholic Social Thought Mary Hirschfeld
8. Wealth Creation, Social Virtues: Social Capital's Role in Creating and Sustaining Wealth John A. Coleman
9. What Do We Know about the Economic Situations of Women and What Does it Mean for a Just Economy?
Simona Beretta
10. Truly Africa, and Wealthy! What Africa Can Learn from Catholic Social Teaching about Sustainable Economic Prosperity Paulinus I. Odozor, C.S.Sp.
11. Capital, Spirit, and Common Wealth Jon P. Gunnemann
12. An Ecofeminist Approach to the True Wealth Project Maylin Biggadike
13. Moving from Research to Action: Some Lessons and Directions (From a Catholic Social Ministry Bureaucrat)
John Carr

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