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

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 an integrated vision. This tradition can best be understood if it is taken most seriously. This book begins with a fundamental proposition: that the economic and cultural criteria identified in the tradition of Catholic social thought pr ... More

Keywords: Roman Catholic social thought, virtues, moral principles, CST, Hans Urs von Balthasar, sustainable prosperity, eco-feminism, Africa, Latin America

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199739813
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199739813.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Finn, editor
St. John's University
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