The Moral Ecology of Markets: Assessing Claims about Markets and Justice

Daniel Finn, Ph.D.

Many books, articles, and editorials have been written to answer the question "Are markets just?" But this is the wrong question to ask. Everyone with an answer to that question also takes a position on three other issues, what we might call the moral context or "moral ecology" of markets. These are the provision of "essential" goods and services to those who cannot provide them for themselves, the morality of individuals and organizations, and the character of civil society. Every moral stance on the justice of markets - from left to right on the political spectrum - also takes a stand on these three. Catholic social thought is of significant help in sorting out competing answers. 

Daniel Finn

Daniel Finn is Professor of Moral Theology and the William E. and Virginia Clemens Professor of Economics and the Liberal Arts for Saint John's School of Theology·Seminary and the undergraduate departments of theology and economics at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University. He a past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America, the Society of Christian Ethics, and the Association for Social Economics. Dan has received several awards including the Monica Hellwig Award and is listed in multiple Who's Who. He is the editor of The True Wealth of Nations (Oxford University Press), and, most recently, author of Christian Economic Ethics: History and Implications (forthcoming from Fortress Press).


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