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Empirical Foundations of the Common Good: What Theology Can Learn from Social Science

Daniel K. Finn


What has social science learned about the common good? Would humanists even want to alter their definitions of the common good based on what social scientists say? In this volume, six social scientists—from economics, political science, sociology, and policy analysis—speak about what their disciplines have to contribute to discussions within Catholic social thought about the common good. None of those disciplines talks directly about “the common good”; but nearly all social scientists believe that their scientific work can help make the world a better place, and each social science does operat ... More

Keywords: common good, Catholic social thought, social science, human flourishing, contention, unplanned order, virtue

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190670054
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190670054.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel K. Finn, editor
Professor of Theology and Clemens Professor of Economics, St. John's University