Review by Choice Review
This timely volume addresses the ways in which Catholic social thought (CST) speaks on matters of economics. Because this book is an edited volume, it brings together a number of scholars affiliated with the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies to examine the way the various principles and the history of CST can speak to issues of economics. The first essay in the collection discusses the principles and conditions needed for the economic common good and rightly makes the point that the relevant encyclicals are occasional documents responding to immediate situations. Because of this, they articulate sets of principles regarding economics, but they do not present a unified theory of economic life. This is an important point to make at the outset, as CST works more to articulate principles of the common good than to prescribe a particular economic system. The balance of the book addresses the ways in which CST's principles can be brought to bear on the conversation, with a particular aim in the latter half to address contextual issues such as the economic situation of women. This book is well suited for advanced students and scholars. It may also be helpful and accessible reading for professionals/practitioners. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. M. M. Veeneman North Park University
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