Liberalismus, Socialismus und christliche Gesellschaftsordnug/Liberalism, Socialism and Christian Social Order Book 1: The Philosophical Roots of Economic Liberalism

Author: Ederer, Rupert J.
Pesch, Heinrich
Year:2000
Pages:312
ISBN:0-7734-7798-5
978-0-7734-7798-8
Price:219.95
In Die philosophischen Grundlagen des ökonomischen Liberalismus (1899), Pesch addressed the revival of liberal economics, that is, the free-market, deregulation and a laissez-faire economic philosophy. Pesch traced what he considered its flawed roots in Enlightenment philosophy. He moved it forward to a more progressive thought that utilized the natural law operating ineluctably in economics. This work appears especially relevant in terms of the recent and ongoing revival of liberal economics. Pesch traced it what he perceived as its flawed roots in Enlightenment philosophy, and carried it forward to evolutionist thinking, and to subsequent efforts to see ‘natural laws’ operating ineluctably in economics as in the physical sciences.

Mellen Press is honored to publish, in this multi-volume set, the first English translations of the works of Heinrich Pesch, SJ (1854-1926). A Jesuit economist who developed many of the basic economic and social principles (notably the Principle of Solidarism) that emerged from the social encyclicals of the Catholic Church beginning in 1931 with Pope Pius XI and further developed by Pope John Paul II.

Table of Contents

PART I
Chapters:

1. The Spirit of renewal

2. The Battle Against Christianity

3. The Decline of Ethics and of Social Science

PART II
Chapters:

4. The Economic Science Since the Emergence of Money. Mercantilism

5. The Pysiocratic System

6. Smithianism: Its Underlying Moral Principles

7. Self-Love and Individual Freedom in Adam's Smith Economic System

8. Natural Law in classical Economics and Modern Economic Theory

PART III
Chapters:

9. The New Philosophical Bases for Economic Liberalism

10. Evolutionalistic Sociology in the Format of Economics

11. The Critique of Evolutionistic Sociology

PART IV
Chapters:

12. The Gospel of Self-Interest in Retrospect

13. New Directions in Economics