Catholic Social Science Review

Volume 14, 2009

Thomas E. Woods, Jr.
Pages 107-124

Catholic Social Teaching and the Market Economy Revisted: A Reply to Thomas Storck

It is a violation of legitimate academic freedom to attempt to link Catholicism to a particular school of economic thought and shut down all further debate. Whether the realm of human choice, which economics describes, is subject to an array of cause-and-effect relationships is obviously a matter for human reason to determine. From there, reason can then investigate these relationships. Although economic policy has a moral dimension, economics as a positive science consists merely of an edifice of cause-and-effect relationships, and to that extent is as autonomous as the purely descriptive sides of all other sciences.