Two Views of Social Justice

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With the global economy still reeling from persistent credit crises, recent years have brought the reality of human suffering to light in vivid ways and issues of social justice have assumed greater urgency in public discourse. Two long-standing schools of intellectual and moral tradition – Catholic Social Thought and the ideas propounded by the great 19th-century social and economic thinker Henry George – share a central concern for social justice, but each brings a unique perspective to the discussion. This ...

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Overview

With the global economy still reeling from persistent credit crises, recent years have brought the reality of human suffering to light in vivid ways and issues of social justice have assumed greater urgency in public discourse. Two long-standing schools of intellectual and moral tradition – Catholic Social Thought and the ideas propounded by the great 19th-century social and economic thinker Henry George – share a central concern for social justice, but each brings a unique perspective to the discussion. This volume addresses eight social-justice topics of contemporary significance (natural law, human nature, nature of work, the papal encyclical Rerum Novarum, causes of war, immigration, development and wealth, and neighbourhood revitalization – via essays from prominent Catholic and Georgist scholars.

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Two Views of Social Justice: A Catholic/Georgist Dialogue Kenneth R. Lord 1

Natural Law

Principal Concepts in Henry George's Theory of Natural Law: A Brief Commentary on The Science of Political Economy Francis K. Peddle 18

Natural Law and the Roman Catholic Tradition: The Importance of Philosophical Realism Anthony J. Lisska 49

Human Nature

Human Nature from a Georgist Perspective James Dawsey 91

Human Nature from a Catholic Perspective Joseph Koterski, S.J. 113

Nature of Work

Just Reward: The Nature of Work and Its Remuneration in the Economics and Ethics of Henry George Brendan Hennigan 144

Human Work in Catholic Social Thought Daniel Finn 178

Rerum Novarum

Going My Way? Wending a Way Through the Stumbling Blocks Between Georgism and Catholicism Mason Gaffney 190

A Catholic Response to Henry George's Critique of Pope Leo XIII's Rerum Novarum J. Brian Benestad 217

Causes of War

Henry George's Perspective on War and Peace Alanna Hartzok 242

Just War: A Catholic Perspective Cui Non Videtur Causa Justa? Margaret Monahan Hogan 260

Immigration

Henry George and Immigration John H. Beck 270

A Little Common Sense: The Ethics of Immigration in Catholic Social Teaching William R. O'Neill, S.J. 292

Development and Wealth

Development and Wealth: A Georgist Perspective H. William Batt 308

From The Wealth of Nations to Populorum Progressio (On the Development of Peoples): Wealth and Development from the Perspective of the Catholic Social Thought Tradition Charles M. A. Clark 351

Neighborhood Revitalization

Neighborhood Revitalization and New Life: A Land Value Taxation Approach Joshua Vincent 377

An American Catholic Perspective on Urban Neighborhoods: The Lens of Monsignor Geno C. Baroni and the Legacy of the Neighborhood Movement John A. Kromkowski John David Kromkowski 399

Index 446

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