Liberalismus, Socialismus und christliche Gesellschaftsordnug/Liberalism, Socialism and Christian Social Order Book 3: Private Property as a Social Institution

First published in 1900, Das Privateigentum als sociale Institution, was Pesch's work on the right of private ownership. Pesch's priestly training in the Aristotelian-Thomistic was reflected in this book as he stood in opposition to the absolutistic notion which had resurfaced in the modern world under the influence of both the Enlightenment and socialist thought. The right of private ownership became one of the pillars in Pesch's social order which was subsequently adopted in later Catholic social thought.


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


1. What is the meaning of Private Property?

2. How did Private Property Emerge? Legal and Contract Theories

3. The Origin of Private Property According to the Darwinistic-Socialistic Theory of Evolution

4. The Origin of Private Property According to the Scientific Theory of Evolution

5. General Objections to Private Property

6. Objections to the Natural Law Basis of Private Property

7. The Acquisition of Private Property

8. Obligations of and Limits on Private Property