The Moral Dynamics of Economic Life: An Extension and Critique of Caritas in Veritate by Daniel K. FinnThe Moral Dynamics of Economic Life: An Extension and Critique of Caritas in Veritate by Daniel K. Finn

The Moral Dynamics of Economic Life: An Extension and Critique of Caritas in Veritate

EditorDaniel K. Finn

Paperback | April 12, 2012

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Caritas in veritate (Charity in Truth) is the 'social' encyclical of Pope Benedict XVI, one of many papal encyclicals over the last 120 years that address economic life. This volume, based on discussions at a symposium co-sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies and thePontifical Council for Justice and Peace, analyzes the situation of the Church and the theological basis for Benedict's thinking about the person, community, and the globalized economy. The Moral Dynamics of Economic Life engages Benedict's analysis of 'relation,' the characteristics of contemporary social and economic relationships and the implications of a relational, Trinitarian God for daily human life. Crucial here is the Pope's notion of 'reciprocity,' an economicrelationship characterized by help freely given, but which forms an expectation that the recipient will 'reciprocate,' either to the donor or, often, to someone else. This 'logic of gift,' Benedict argues, should influence daily economic life, especially within what he calls 'hybrid' firms,which make a profit and invest a share of that profit in service to needs outside the firm. Similarly, development - whether of an individual or of a nation - must be integral, neither simply economic nor personal nor psychological nor spiritual, but a comprehensive development that engages alldimensions of a flourishing human life.The essays, written by social scientists, theologians, policy analysts and others, engage, extend, and critique Benedict's views on these issues, as well as his call for deeper dialogue and a morally based transformation of social and economic structures.
Daniel K. Finn is William E. and Virginia Clemens Professor of Economics and the Liberal Arts, and Professor of Theology at St. John's University.
Title:The Moral Dynamics of Economic Life: An Extension and Critique of Caritas in VeritateFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:April 12, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

ForewordContributorsIntroduction1. The SituationJ. Bryan Hehir: Caritas in veritate in Broader ContextAmelia J. Uelmen: Who are the Americans?Rebecca M. Blank: Americans and Government TodayMatthew J. Slaughter: Our Current Economic SituationAlbino Barrera: Global Economic Forces2. The Theological Grounding of Caritas in veritateBishop William F. Murphy: Situating Pope Benedict's TheologyJohn A. Coleman: Developments in Pope Benedict's ThinkingPaulinus I. Odozor: A Theology of GratuitousnessKenneth R. Himes: Benedict's View of the PersonMichael Novak: Challenges to Benedict's Vision: SinAlbino Barrera: Theological Foundations of the MarketDavid Hollenbach: The Promise and Risk of CharityJohan Verstraeten: Listening to the Experience of the Poor3. Markets and GovernmentMichael Novak: The Vitality of MarketsAlbino Barrera: The Benefits of the MarketJ. Bryan Hehir: Government and Juridical FrameworkRebecca M. Blank: Market Failure and the Role of GovernmentRebecca M. Blank: Institutions and Individual MoralityJ. Bryan Hehir: Globalization and Global GovernanceJohn A. Coleman: From Government to Governance4. Re-conceiving''Relation''Miguel H. Diaz: Theological Foundations of Human RelationAmelia J. Uelmen: Resources for Receptivity to a ''Transcendent Vocation''Mary L. Hirschfeld: Culture as the Locus for Economic Relation5. Reciprocity in Economic LifeStefano Zamagni: Reciprocity and FraternityDaniel K. Finn: Reciprocity, Trust, and Social CapitalMichael J. Naughton: The Logic of Gift and the World of Business6. BusinessLuk Bouckaert: Leadership Ethics and Caritas in veritateMichael J. Naughton: The Business Enterprise7. DevelopmentMary Jo Bane: How Much of True Development can be Measured?Mary L. Hirschfeld: Expanding the Economic Paradigm of DevelopmentKatherine Marshall: International Aid: Charity is InsufficientStefano Zamagni: Development and Institutional Failures8. PolarizationJohn L. Allen: The Problem of Public PolarizationMary Jo Bane: Resources for Reducing Polarization in GovernmentAmelia J. Uelmen: Hope in PolarizationLanguage and the Orientation to DialogueJohn A. Coleman: The Need for Accessible LanguageMary L. Hirschfeld: The Ambiguities of Accessible LanguageLuk Bouckaert: Tensions between Proclamation and DialogueJohan Verstraeten: Dialogue in Light of the Signs of the Times10. New InstitutionsMary Jo Bane: New Institutions and Social ProcessesAmelia J. Uelmen: A Better Legal Definition of What is ReasonableJohan Verstraeten: Participation as Key for a Just EconomyStefano Zamagni: Re-Conceiving Welfare PoliciesMary Jo Bane: Shifting Attention Within the ChurchMichael Naughton: Developing Resources for Business and Business SchoolsMatthew J. Slaughter: Improving Business Education11. Conclusion: Caritas in veritate in the Tradition of Catholic Social Thought Cardinal Peter TurksonBibliography