Fr. Ian Boyd lecture on Chesterton’s Economic Theory of Distributism
On January 28, 2014, Fr. Ian Boyd will be giving a lecture on “Chesterton’s Economic Theory of Distributism” at 4:30 p.m. in the Beck Rooms of Walsh Library. Fr. Ian Boyd is the President of the Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture and Editor of The Chesterton Review. The Department of Catholic Studies is hosting this event.
Fr. Boyd described the topic of his talk:
Chesterton’s social philosophy is called Distributism. By this name, he meant that a free people must belong to a property-owning democracy. Distributists wanted property distributed as widely as possible in order to guarantee political liberty. In a truly free nation, they believed citizens must be as independent as possible of both governments and of large corporations. For that reason, Distributism is opposed both to State Socialism and to Monopoly Capitalism. In a sense, Distributism belongs to the tradition somewhat misleadingly named "Philosophical Anarchism." Dorothy Day, like Chesterton, belonged to this tradition, and she was not afraid to describe herself as a “Catholic Anarchist.”
About the Department of Catholic Studies
Established in 2012 — the Year of Faith and the 50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican II — the Department of Catholic Studies at Seton Hall University, America’s oldest diocesan university, fosters Seton Hall’s Catholic identity and mission by exploring the relationship of Catholicism with all areas of culture and learning. Since its focus is the Church’s encounter and dialogue with society or the Church in the world, Vatican II designated a special place for Catholic Studies as a discipline in academic life. As a result, Catholic Studies is a dialogue between Catholicism and culture that occurs in a special way at Catholic universities. While respecting other disciplines, Catholic Studies explores theology and philosophy in relation to culture, humankind and the world. This methodological approach opens up a place for all other disciplines; these enrich Catholic Studies and are enriched in return. Catholic Studies builds upon and develops the themes and questions addressed in the University Core Curriculum and is complementary to other disciplines. A bachelor’s degree in Catholic Studies is an interdisciplinary, liberal arts degree — a major that enhances every other major.
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