This Hemisphere of Liberty: A Philosophy of the Americas

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American Enterprise Institute, 1992 - Political Science - 153 pages
As nations undergo radical transformation in every quarter of the world, we have a greater need than ever before to re-examine the sources of strength and weakness in our political, social and economic institutions. This book explores fundamental questions of wealth and poverty, of freedom and responsibility, and traces our ideas about them to their sources in Aristotle, Aquinas, and the Judeo-Christian tradition. Novak shows how an understanding of these sources can liberate human potential for creativity, reinvigorate our institutions and lay the foundations for economic progress. Special attention is given to the roots of Latin America's problems of debt, capital flight, and poverty in its religious and philosophical outlook.
 

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The subject of this book, the author writes, "is how to build institutions of liberty in this hemisphere of the Americas.'' Its thrust is twofold. First, Novak argues that North Americans and Latin ... Read full review

Contents

RECONSTITUTING A SOCIAL ORDER
7
PRIORITY OF COMMUNITY PRIORITY OF PERSONS
15
THE VIRTUE OF ENTERPRISE
25
STRUCTURES OF VIRTUE STRUCTURES OF SIN
37
WEALTH AND VIRTUETHE DEVELOPMENT
63
THE MORAL CULTURAL AND POLITICAL RESPONSIBILITIES
89
THE ECONOMIC PRECONDITIONS OF DEMOCRACY
101
THOMAS AQUINAS THE FIRST WHIG
107
NOTES
125
INDEX
147
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
153
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Michael John Novak Jr. was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania on September 9, 1933. At the age of 14, he entered the preparatory seminary at the University of Notre Dame. He received a bachelor's degree in philosophy and English literature in 1956 from Stonehill College and a bachelor's degree in theology in 1958 from Gregorian University in Rome. While in Rome, he wrote for the liberal Catholic magazine Commonweal and the Jesuit weekly America. After studying for a time at Catholic University in Washington, he decided not to become a priest. He wrote a novel entitled The Tiber Was Silver. He received a master's degree in philosophy in 1966 from Harvard University. He taught at several universities including Stanford University, the State University of New York at Old Westbury, and the Catholic University of America. He wrote speeches and position papers for Eugene McCarthy, Robert F. Kennedy and George McGovern. In 1982, he founded the magazine Crisis with Ralph McInerny. He wrote numerous books during his lifetime including Belief and Unbelief: A Philosophy of Self-Knowledge, A Time to Build, A Theology for Radical Politics, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism, The Rise of the Unmeltable Ethnics: Politics and Culture in the Seventies, Choosing Our King: Powerful Symbols in Presidential Politics, Confession of a Catholic, Will It Liberate?: Questions About Liberation Theology, The Catholic Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, No One Sees God: The Dark Night of Atheists and Believers, and Writing from Left to Right: My Journey From Liberal to Conservative. In 1994, he received the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion. He died from colon cancer on February 17, 2017 at the age of 83.

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