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dc.contributor.authorKelly, Thomas M.en_US
dc.contributor.editorSimkins, Ronald A.en_US
dc.contributor.editorSmith, Zachary B.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-02-02T01:16:08Z
dc.date.available2017-02-02T01:16:08Z
dc.date.issued2017en_US
dc.identifier.issn1941-8450en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10504/109260
dc.description.abstractAnalyzing the roots of Catholic libertarian positions on the economy allows one to compare the foundational anthropological assumptions behind different economic perspectives today. Catholics have radically different ways of engaging economics in the public sphere. On the one hand, a Catholic politician like Paul Ryan claims that Ayn Rand was an important influence upon him as he publicly discussed dividing America between “makers” and “takers.” Ryan and the thinkers who influence him believe that the common good emerges from vigilant pursuit of one’s individual good. On the other side of the understanding of the human person we have a long tradition of Catholic Social doctrine that argues the individual good emerges from the common good, and not vice versa. The social nature of human beings should be formed and managed with the genuine and common good of the human race foremost in mind. A deep concern for the well-being of all is necessary for the goodness and development of the individual. This essay delineates both theological anthropologies, compares them in terms of foundational understandings of freedom, justice, and individualism, and finds them fundamentally irreconcilable. |Keywords: libertarian economics, Catholic social thought, theological anthropology, social justice, Vatican IIen_US
dc.publisherRabbi Myer and Dorothy Kripke Center, Creighton Universityen_US
dc.rightsThe journal is open-access and freely allows users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of all published material for personal or academic purposes.en_US
dc.titleA House Divided: Catholic Libertarian Economics and Catholic Social Thoughten_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.rights.holderRabbi Myer and Dorothy Kripke Center, Creighton Universityen_US
dc.description.volume14en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraskaen_US
dc.title.workSupplement Series for the Journal of Religion & Societyen_US
dc.description.noteReligion and Politicsen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorKelly, Thomas M.


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