Symposium on Markets and Catholic Social Thought

The Symposium on Markets and Catholic Social Thought is an event that brings together reading groups from a number of Catholic colleges and university to Georgetown                University for a day and a half of guest lectures and reading discussions. The intended audience is undergraduate students. What implications does Catholic social thought                have for those engaged in business? What does this tradition have to tell us about our ethical obligations when engaged in market activity? The symposium is designed to                provide a forum to discuss these and other related questions. The program is intended to be interdisciplinary, with readings from professional ethicists, economists, historians,           and scholars of religion. 


             All events held at the Hariri Building (Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business)

    Friday, March 29, 2018

5:15 – 6:30 p.m. Opening Presentation: Jay Richards, Catholic University

6:45 Dinner at Georgetown Faculty Club

    Saturday, March 30, 2018

            8:30 a.m.  – Catered breakfast available

9:15 – 10:45:  Discussion Session #1   (Reading by Chappel and McCloskey)

10:45 – 11:00 Break

11:00 – 12:15 Presentation by James Chappel, Duke University

12:30 – 1:30 Catered Lunch

1:30 – 2:45 Discussion Session #2   (Readings by Richards and Sandel)

2:45 to 3:00 Coffee Break

3:00 to 4:15 Discussion Session #3  (Readings by Sison and Werhane)

4:15 to 4:30 Break

4:30 to 5:45 Presentation by Alejo Sison, Navarra University (Spain)            

6:30 Dinner at Georgetown Faculty Club


     Session I: The Modern Church and the Modern Market: How, Why, When

    James Chappel, Catholic Modern: The Challenge of Totalitarianism and the Remaking of the Church, (Harvard University Press, 2018), Chapters 1, 2, and 5, pages 22-107; 182-            226).

    Deirdre McCloskey, Bourgeois Equality: How Ideas, Not Capital or Institutions, Enriched the World (University of Chicago Press, 2016), part III, pages 85-146.

     Session II: Markets and Morality

    Jay Richards, Greed, Money, and God: Why Capitalism is the Solution and Not the Problem (Harper One, 2010), Chapters 1-3, pages 1-82.

     Session III:  Ethics and Excellence in Business

    Alejo Sison “Virtue Ethics and Natural Law Responses to Human Rights Quandaries in Business.” Business and Human Rights Journal, 3:2 July 2018, pages 211-232.

    Patricia Werhane “Business Ethics and the Origins of Contemporary Capitalism: Economics and Ethics in the Work of Adam Smith and Herbert Spencer” Journal of Business                 Ethics (April, 2000), 24:3, pages 185-198.