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Catholic Social Thought and Liberal Institutions : Freedom with Justice - Mario Bunge

Catholic Social Thought and Liberal Institutions

Freedom with Justice

By: Mario Bunge, Michael Novak (Editor)

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Published: 1st January 1988
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Increasingly, the religious leaders of the world are addressing problems of political economy, expressing concern about the poor. But will their efforts actually help the poor? Or harm them? Much depends, Michael Novak asserts, upon what kind of institutions are constructed, that is, upon realism and practicality.

His thesis may be simply stated: Although the Catholic Church during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries set itself against liberalism as an ideology, it has slowly come to admire liberal institutions such as democracy and free markets. Between the Catholic vision of social justice and liberal institutions, Novak argues, there is a profound consonance (but not identity). Both celebrate realism, respect for institutions, and prudence or practical wisdom. The Catholic tradition adds to liberal individualism a strong communitarian sense.

This book was first published in 1984 as Freedom with Justice. This new edition adds both a lengthy introduction carrying forward the original argument and a long concluding chapter on Pope John Paul IPs controversial new encyclical of early 1988, Sollicitudo Rei Socialis.

-An important contribution to our critical understanding of the possibilities for dialogue and mutual influence between Catholic social thought and Anglo-American liberalism.-

--John Langan, S.J., Journal of American Academy of Religion

-He rightly chides theologians for being so often absorbed in moral questions regarding just distribution that they fail to attend to the positive moral impact of the productivity of capitalism in the creating of goods, new wealth, and jobs.-

--William French, Journal of Religion

-Novak is to be commended for raising the question of liberty in connection with economic justice. . . . This volume makes a significant contribution to the discussion of Catholic social thought and contemporary economic policies.-

--John T. Pawlikowski, O.S.M., Theology Today "An important contribution to our critical understanding of the possibilities for dialogue and mutual influence between Catholic social thought and Anglo-American liberalism."

--John Langan, S.J., Journal of American Academy of Religion

"He rightly chides theologians for being so often absorbed in moral questions regarding just distribution that they fail to attend to the positive moral impact of the productivity of capitalism in the creating of goods, new wealth, and jobs."

--William French, Journal of Religion

"Novak is to be commended for raising the question of liberty in connection with economic justice. . . . This volume makes a significant contribution to the discussion of Catholic social thought and contemporary economic policies."

--John T. Pawlikowski, O.S.M., Theology Today "An important contribution to our critical understanding of the possibilities for dialogue and mutual influence between Catholic social thought and Anglo-American liberalism."

--John Langan, S.J., Journal of American Academy of Religion

"He rightly chides theologians for being so often absorbed in moral questions regarding just distribution that they fail to attend to the positive moral impact of the productivity of capitalism in the creating of goods, new wealth, and jobs."

--William French, Journal of Religion

"Novak is to be commended for raising the question of liberty in connection with economic justice. . . . This volume makes a significant contribution to the discussion of Catholic social thought and contemporary economic policies."

--John T. Pawlikowski, O.S.M., Theology Today "Novak is to be commended for raising the question of liberty in connection with economic justice. This volume makes a significant contribution to the discussion of Catholic social thought and contemporary economic policies."

--John T. Pawlikowski, O.S.M, Theology Today

ISBN: 9780887387630
ISBN-10: 0887387632
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 311
Published: 1st January 1988
Publisher: TRANSACTION PUBL
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.65
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition