Catholic Social Teaching and Economic Law: An Unresolved Tension
Presented at the Austrian Scholars Conference 8, March 15-16, 2002 Ludwig von Mises Institute, Auburn, Alabama.
One of the characteristic features of Catholic thought over the centuries has been its emphasis on reason. Man’s mind, according to this tradition, is capable of apprehending a world of order that exists outside itself. Man is able to abstract “universals” from the myriad objects and sense data that appear to him and thus bring order to the chaos of mere data above which mere brutes can never ascend.