Publications by our Faculty Fellows and Recommended Reading.
A Reason Open to God: On Universities, Education, and Culture
With clarity and wisdom, Pope Benedict XVI sets out his vision for Catholic higher education in this first and only collection of his major addresses on the topic. What is the mission and identity of a Catholic university? What are the responsibilities of administrators, teachers, and students in Catholic institutes of higher learning? Where does the central theme of “love of God and others” fit into academia?
J. Steven Brown | View Bio
A Catechism for Business: Tough Ethical Questions and Insights from Catholic Teaching
A Catechism for Business presents the teachings of the Catholic Church as they relate to more than one hundred specific and challenging moral questions as they have been asked by business leaders. Andrew V. Abela and Joseph E. Capizzi have assembled the relevant quotations from recent Catholic social teaching as responses to these questions.
Questions and answers are grouped together under major topics such as marketing, finance, and investment. The book’s easy-to-use question and answer approach invites quick reference for tough questions and serves as a basis for reflection and deeper study in the rich Catholic tradition of social doctrine.
This second edition includes material from Pope Francis’s encyclical, Laudato Si’, and his apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium.
Politics, Justice, and War: Christian Governance and the Ethics of Warfare
The just war ethic emerges from an affirmative response to the basic question of whether people may sometimes permissibly intend to kill other people.
In Politics, Justice, and War, Joseph E. Capizzi clarifies the meaning and coherence of the “just war” approach, to the use of force in the context of Christian ethics. By reconnecting the just war ethic to an Augustinian political approach, Capizzi illustrates that the just war ethic requires emphasis on the “right intention,” or goal, of peace as ordered justice. With peace set as the goal of war, the various criteria of the just war ethic gain their intelligibility and help provide practical guidance to all levels of society regarding when to go to war and how to strive to contain it.
So conceived, the ethic places stringent limits on noncombatant or “innocent” killing in war, helps make sense of contemporary technological and strategic challenges, and opens up space for a critical and constructive dialogue with international law.
Joseph E. Capizzi | View Bio
A Chair for Pope Francis: A Collection of Designs for the Papal Sanctuary and Charrette
It was destined for an event that was not only historic and public, but also sacred. The design was tasked to be temporary yet permanent and humble yet noble. Deliverables included plans, elevations, D digital and physical models, and a prayer to win.
In April 2015, the Archdiocese of Washington DC solicited design entries from the students of The Catholic University of America for the furniture of Pope Francis’ Mass during His visit to Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The central focus was the chair, ambo, and altar; timeless pieces were desired. In addition to being visually, artistically, and architecturally consistent and compliant to Catholic liturgy, practical considerations such as the need to transport, assemble, and dismantle design elements in a short period of time were pivotal design requests. This book is a collection of works submitted for the Papal Sanctuary Charrette Competition.
Wealth of Persons: Economics With a Human Face
Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century initiated a great debate not just about inequality but also regarding the failures found in the economic models used by theoreticians and practitioners alike. Wealth of Persons offers a totally different perspective that challenges the very terms of the debate. The Great Recession reveals a great existential rift at the core of certain economic reflections, thereby showing the real crisis of the crisis of economics. In the human sciences we have created a kind of “Tower of Babel” where we cannot understand each other any longer. The “breakdowns” occur equally on the personal, social, political, and economic levels. There is a need for an “about-face” in method to restore harmony among dissociated disciplines. Wealth of Persons offers a key to such a restoration, applying insights and analysis taken from different economic scholars, schools of thought, philosophical traditions, various disciplines, and charismatic entrepreneurs. Wealth of Persons aims at recapturing an adequate understanding of the acting human person in the economic drama, one that measures up to the reality. The investigation is a passport allowing entry into the land of economic knowledge, properly unfolding the anthropological meaning of the free economy.
The Hobbit Party: The Vision of Freedom That Tolkien Got, and the West Forgot
Anyone who has read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings can gather that their author hated tyranny, but few know that the novelist who once described himself as a hobbit “in all but size” was—even by hobbit standards—a zealous proponent of economic freedom and small government. There is a growing concern among many that the West is sliding into political, economic, and moral bankruptcy. In his beloved novels of Middle-Earth, J.R.R. Tolkien has drawn us a map to freedom.
The Pope & The CEO: John Paul II's Leadership Lessons to a Young Swiss Guard
Andreas Widmer gives a behind-the-scenes look into Pope John Paul II and reveals how those memories shaped and forged his success as a corporate executive. In what papal biographer George Weigel calls a powerful example of leadership at work, Widmer recounts his personal experiences serving Saint John Paul II in the Swiss Guard, and the secrets of successful leadership that he learned at the feet of the great pope.
“John Paul II showed me what real leadership looks like. He modeled for me how to pursue our God-given potential. Not coincidentally, this also makes us and those around us better employees, more capable of and more willing to work hard at building a stronger company. That’s something that makes both good human sense and good business sense.” – Andreas Widmer Former Swiss Guard, CEO and business leader.
Love First: Toward a Christian Humanism
The study of man today is divided in three ways that it should not be: between the humanities and the social sciences, between natural and metaphysical philosophy, and between faith and reason. This book bridges these three divides to build toward an integrated understanding of human being that begins with the revealed truths of Christian faith. Because its humanism draws upon diverse fields of art, anthropology, psychology, philosophy, and theology, the book should be of interest to scholars and students of all kinds. And because its humanism is all about us, the book should be of interest to anyone who happens to be human.
Lloyd E. Sandelands | View Bio
A book crammed with interesting case studies, anecdotes, illustrative examples, and historical reflections, Accounting Ethics is designed to bring home important insights and raise crucial questions such as the following: Did accounting irregularities help provoke the recent financial crisis? A profession and a business: How are they different? What character traits mark a good accounting professional? How did the founders of modern accounting view accountancy as a profession? What is the proper relationship between rules and principles? Can any erroneous ethical views negatively influence practice (e.g. relativism)? What are the proper meanings of independence , objectivity , and integrity ? The inherent altruism of accountancy as a profession Accounting Ethics continues the collaboration between a widely recognized expert in moral philosophy and a leading forensic accountant which was justly praised in Understanding Accounting Ethics, second edition.
Mark Cheffers & Michael Pakaluk | View Bio
Lessons in Hope: My Unexpected Life with St. John Paul II
In Lessons in Hope, George Weigel tells the story of his unique friendship with Saint John Paul II. The book provides a fascinating account of the tumult of post-Vatican II Catholicism and the Cold War’s endgame, introducing readers to the heroes who brought down European communism. Later, it shows us the aging pope grappling with the post-9/11 world order and teaching new lessons in dignity through his own suffering.
A deeply humane portrait of an eminent scholar learning a saint, Lessons in Hope is essential reading for anyone seeking a fuller understanding of a world-changing pope.
Freedom, Truth, and Human Dignity: The Second Vatican Council's Declaration on Religious Freedom
Pope Paul VI characterized the Second Vatican Council’s Declaration on Religious Freedom — Dignitatis Humanae — as one of the greatest documents of Vatican II. It is also perhaps the most intensely debated document of the Council; both the drafting of the Declaration of Religious Freedom and its reception have been marked by deep disagreements about what this teaching means for the Church.
In this book David Schindler and Nicholas Healy promote a deeper understanding of this important document. In addition to presenting a new translation of the approved text of the Declaration, Freedom, Truth, and Human Dignity makes available for the first time in English the five drafts of the document that were presented to the Council bishops leading up to the final version. The book also includes an original interpretive essay on Dignitatis Humanae by Schindler and an essay on the genesis and redaction history of the text by Healy.
David L. Schindler and Nicholas Healy
The Human Advantage: The Future of American Work in an Age of Smart Machines
For two and a half centuries, America has been held together by the belief that if you work hard and conduct yourself responsibly in this country, you will be able to prosper and leave a better life for your children. But over the past decade, that idea has come into crisis. A recession, the mass outsourcing of stable jobs, and a coming wave of automation that will replace millions of blue- and white-collar jobs alike have left many people worried that the game is rigged and that our best days are behind us.
In this story-driven manifesto on the future of American work, IHE Fellow Jay Richards argues that such thinking is counterproductive—making us more fragile, more dependent, and less equipped to succeed in a rapidly changing economy. If we’re going to survive, we need a new model for how ordinary people can thrive in this age of mass disruption. Richards pulls back the curtain on what’s really happening in our economy, dispatching myths about capitalism, greed, and upward mobility. And he tells the stories of how real individuals have begun to rebuild a culture of virtue, capitalizing on the skills that are most uniquely human: creativity, resilience, and empathy for the needs of others.
Destined to take its place alongside classics like Economics in One Lesson, The Human Advantage is the essential book for understanding the future of American work, and how each of us can make this era of staggering change work on our behalf.
Jay W. Richards
The Essence of Entrepreneurship and the Nature and Significance of Market Process
The Essence of Entrepreneurship and the Nature and Significance of Market Process is a continuation of the discourse started in Kirzner’s earlier work, Competition and Entrepreneurship, expanding upon his ideas about entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial alertness. Essence presents most of the detailed research Kirzner has done on the nature of entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial process in the decades following the publication of his magnum opus. It is during that long period that Kirzner elaborated his approach further, responding to objections and critics, and offering the world a more systematic understanding of the concept of market process.
In the words of the volume editors and in contrast with traditional microeconomics, “Kirzner’s view of the entrepreneurial function in the market process consists primarily in liberating human choice from its deterministic structure by introducing alertness. Alertness to unexploited gains from trade sets the market process in motion.” Hence, Kirzner holds a unique place among authors on entrepreneurship theory because of the way he focuses on the essence of the phenomenon at stake and its importance in the market process.
Israel M. Kirzner
Edited by Peter J. Boettke and Frédéric Sautet