Past Readings

Past Readings of the PPE Reading Group

Spring 2017 - Two Groups

Politics, Philosophy, and Economics Group

Session I -- January 31st  -- Ryan Avent, The Wealth of Humans, Introduction and chapters 1-3 (BOOK PROVIDED) --  John Maynard Keynes, "Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren" (READER)

Session II -- February 7th -- Miroslav Volf, Work in the Spirit, Toward a Theology of Work, Introduction and Part I (READER)

Session III -- February 14th -- John Paul, II Laborem Exercens (READER)

Session IV -- February 21st -- Anthony Heyes (2005) "The Economics of Vocation or ?Why is a badly paid nurse a good nurse?"  (READER) -- Julie Nelson and Nancy Folbre (2006) "Why a well-paid Nurse is a Better Nurse" (READER) John Kelly(1982) "Useless work and Useless toil" Marxism Today (READER) and Joseph Pieper Leisure: The Basis of Culture  pp. 19-51 (BOOK PROVIDED)

Session V -- March 14th -- Tyler Cowen, Average is Over, part I  (BOOK PROVIDED)

Session VI -- March 21st -- Coyne, Munger, and Whaples (Eds), Future: Peril or Prosperity?, Chapters 1, 3, 4, 6, 9, 10, 11, and 17. (BOOK PROVIDED)

 

Ethics Group

Session I -- January 30  -- Deep Background: The Changing Conditions of Labor -- Ryan Avent, The Wealth of Humans, Introduction and chapters 1-3 -- John Maynard Keynes, "Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren"

Session II -- February 6 - More Recent Background: Work in an Age of Precocity -- Jen Silva, "Hardened Selves: The Remaking of the American Working Class," from Coming Up Short (30 pp) -- Michael Lind, "Can you Have a Good Life if you Don't Have a Good Job?" NYTimes (~4 pp) -- Guy Standing, "Meet the precariat" The Precariat (6 pp) -- Miroslav Volf, Introduction and "The Problem of Work," from Work in the Spirit, Toward a Theology of Work (~32 pp, after dropping out the ~10 section on social planning)

Session III -- February 13 - The Ethics of Work in America Today -- Max Weber, Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (~5 pp) -- Miroslav Volf, "Dominant Understandings of Work," from Work in the Spirit, Toward a Theology of Work (15 pp) -- Jon Malesic - "How we talk about Work, Ethics, and Spirituality," from After Work: The Spiritual Costs of the American Work Ethic (23 pp - 8k words) 

Session IV -- February 20 - Work and Vocation: Protestant and Catholic Views -- John Paul, II Laborem Exercens -- Gary Chamberlain, "Protestant and Catholic Meanings of Vocation: Is Business a True Vocation?" (20pp)

Session V -- March 13 - Vocation and the Economy -- Anthony Heyes  "The Economics of Vocation or - Why is a badly paid nurse a good nurse?"  (9 pp) -- Julie Nelson and Nancy Folbre - "Why a well-paid Nurse is a Better Nurse" (4 pp) -- Dave Eggers and Ninive Clements Calgary, "The High Cost of Low Teacher Salaries," NYTimes (4 pp) -- Warren Meyer, "The Teacher Salary Myth? Are Teachers Underpaid?" Forbes (11 pp - but short)

Session VI -- March 20 - Against Work? -- John Kelly - "Useless work and Useless toil" -- Joseph Pieper - Leisure: The Basis of Culture (32pp) -- Jon Malesic - "Askesis and detachment from work in the Rule of St Benedict," from After Work: The Spiritual Costs of the American Work Ethic, (19 pp, 7k words)

Fall 2016

September 13: The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less, by Barry Schwartz, pp. 9-77

September 20: Manipulation: Theory and Practice, Coons and Weber (eds),pp. 17-72 

September 27: Pride and Prejudice, ALL         

October 4: The Theory of Moral Sentiments , by Adam Smith. Part III.  (44 total pages) 

October 25: On Liberty, by John Stuart Mill with particular attention to Chapters I, II, and IV. n

November 1: Against Autonomy: Justifying Coercive Paternalism, By Sarah Conly,  pp. 16-73                                       

November 8: Why Nudge? The Politics of Libertarian Paternalism, by Cass Sunstein, pp. 1-86

November 15: The Manipulation of Choice, Ethics and Libertarian Paternalism, by Mark D. White,   pp. 1-80

November 29: Anti-Fragile: Things that Gain from Disorder, by Nassim Taleb, pp. 31-80

Spring 2016

Jan. 26 - Pontifical Council For Justice and Peace "Vocation of a Business Leader"

Feb. 2 - Samuel Gregg -"Economic Thinking for the Theologically Minded" pp. 3-56 (53 pages)

Feb. 9 - Pope John Paul II "Centesimus Annus : On the Hundredth Anniversary of Rerum Novarum"

Feb. 16 - A. C. Waterman "Market Social Order and Christian Organicism" in Centesimus Annus pp. 220-233 // Michael Naughton "The Corporation as a Community of Work: Understanding the Firm Within The Catholic Social Tradition" Pp. 33-76  (56 total pages)

Feb. 23 - James P. Bailey "Rethinking Poverty: Income, Assets, and the Catholic Social Justice Tradition" pp. 5-59; 127-131, (58 pages)

March 15 - Pope Francis "Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium)" pp. 125-173 (48 pages)

March 22 -  Karl Brunner "Economic Inequality and the Quest for Social Justice" p. 153-158 / /Angus Deaton "Understanding the Mechanisms of Economic Development" -- pp. 53-72  (24 total pages)

March 29 - Harry G. Frankfurt -- On Inequality  (89 pages)

April 8-10 - Markets and Catholic Social Thought Symposium at Georgetown University with keynote speakers: Samuel Gregg (the Acton Institute) and James Bailey (Duquesne University), ca. 50 students from Creighton University, Georgetown University, Loyola University Chicago, Loyola University New Orleans, Catholic University, and Saint Louis University.


Spring 2015

Jan. 19 - Why Not Capitalism?, Jason Brennan

Jan. 26 - Cost and Choice, James M. Buchanan

Feb. 2 - Doing Bad by Doing Good: Why Humanitarian Action Fails, Christopher J. Coyne

Feb. 9 - Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman

Feb. 16 - Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Piketty

Feb. 23 - Why Some Things Should Not Be for Sale: The Moral Limits of Markets, Debra Satz

Mar. 16/23 - Economic Lives: How Culture Shapes the Economy, Viviana A. Zelizer


Fall 2014

Sept. 9 - Voltaire's letter VI on England, Dani Rodrik's blog post and responses.

Sept. 16 - Madmen, Intellectuals, and Academic Scribblers, Leighton and López

Sept. 23 and 30 - Victory of Reason, Rodney Stark

Oct. 7 - Methodology of Positive Economics, Milton Friedman vs. Evolution, Uncertainty, and Economic Theory, Armen Alchain.

Oct. 28 - Use of Knowledge in Society, F.A. Hayek and I,Pencil, Leonard Reed

Nov. 4 - In Defense of Free Markets, Robert Sirico

Nov. 11 - What Money Can't Buy, Michael Sandel

Nov. 18 - Business as Usual, Paul Mattick

Dec. 2 - The Shareholder Value Myth, Lynn Stout