Teaching the Catholic Intellectual Tradition in Economics

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Emil B. Berendt

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While much work has been done to explicitly incorporate ethics and Catholic social thought into the business curriculum, comparatively little has been done in the field of economics. This paper attempts to fill that gap by arguing that integrating Heinrich Pesch’s Solidarism into the standard economics curriculum seamlessly introduces Catholic social ethics and, more broadly, the Catholic Intellectual Tradition to students. In particular, Pesch uses the language of economics in expressing Catholic social thought, which makes it fit naturally into the economics classroom. The contributions of the Catholic view of the nature of the human person to welfare economics also are explored.

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