Can you be an Economic Liberal and Catholic at the same time?

The hidden influence of Adam Smith on the Catholic Church. First in the series on "The History of Economic Thought and Christian Faith"

Date & Time:

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM


Free, but registration required by February 23. A light lunch will be served.


Center for Catholic Studies, Sitzmann Hall

Presented by Fr. Martin Schlag

Presented by Fr. Martin Schlag

Adam Smith is considered the father of modern economics. His book An Inquiry into the Nature and the Causes of the Wealth of Nations is a classic and probably one of the most widely read and translated books in English. Over the centuries, his theory repeatedly was reduced to slogans. The Catholic Church reacted to Adam Smith and his economic and political liberalism mainly in a negative way. However, did she do Adam Smith justice? Is she aware of his hidden influence in Catholic social teaching? How should we position ourselves in an atmosphere of growing rejection of capitalism and free market economy?

Next in the series:  Are there too many people on the planet? The nightmares of Thomas Robert Malthus.

Presented by Dr. Joe Kaboski and Dr. Kirk Doran, University of Notre Dame
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
11:45 - 1:15
Center for Catholic Studies

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