Book Reviews

  • Book Review: Social Justice Isn’t What You Think It Is

    By Michael Novak on September 14, 2016
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    "Social Justice Isn’t What You Think" helpfully reconceives the idea of social justice, making clear that there is a way of thinking of this kind of justice as comparable to other sorts of justice and so as a virtue.
  • Book Review: Can Social Justice Be Rescued?

    By Michael Novak on May 23, 2016
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    The solution: Offer a competing definition of social justice by arguing that, pace Hayek, it is a virtue, but not because entire societies can somehow be virtuous (as J. S. Mill thinks). The key is to look upon it as a virtue of individuals directed toward associations that foster the common good. Defining social justice in this way makes it a check on, not an extension of, state power.
  • Book Review: Michael Novak and the idea of social justice that promotes human dignity

    By Michael Novak on March 20, 2016
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    In this sense, “social justice” is the particular form taken today of the ancient virtus of justice. Therefore, it does not necessarily involve the strengthening of the presence of the State, but rather, the development of civil society, in keeping with Hayek.
  • Book Review: What Exactly Is Social Justice?

    By Michael Novak on March 10, 2016
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    Gratefully... Michael Novak, Paul Adams and Elizabeth Shaw clarify once and for all what [social justice] is and why it has been so abused. Like taking shears to an overgrown hedge, the authors make short order of the sloppy use of social justice in our own public square.
  • Book Review: What is Social Justice?

    By Michael Novak on February 21, 2016
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    In an effort to rescue “social justice” ... and to clarify its true meaning, Templeton Prize winner Michael Novak, and Paul Adams, Professor Emeritus of social work at the University of Hawaii, have co-authored an impressive book. ... The authors contend that “social justice,” rightly understood, is not a state of public affairs but personal virtue.
  • The Tragedy of Christian Persecution

    By Michael Novak on February 2, 2016
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    Behind this detail, lie many hundred thousands of Christian families faced with instant death (or sexual enslavement) or two other choices (1) renounce their hard-won historical faith and submit to the authority of Allah, or (2) enter into dhimmitude, that half-life of paying fines for just being allowed to live and of keeping one's faith completely private, invisible and silent.
  • FROM THE ARCHIVE: Review of Writing from Left to Right

    By Michael Novak on January 28, 2016
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    Michael Novak has lived an extraordinary public life. "Writing from Left to Right" is his entertaining and wise memoir of that engagement with his age, and of his movement across the political spectrum.
  • Rev. James V. Schall Reviews “Social Justice Isn’t What You Think It Is”

    By Michael Novak on December 22, 2015
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    Rev. James V. Schall reviews “Social Justice Isn’t What You Think It Is,” a new book by Michael Novak and Paul Adams with contributions from Elizabeth Shaw: “If anyone from the pope to the bishops to college professors and students, to media, business people, and government cadre is looking for a succinct and far-reaching guide to reconsider how to think about the order of this world and its relation to the human good, it would be difficult to find a better book than this work of Michael Novak and Paul Adams.”
  • Catholicism, Capitalism, and Caritas: The Continuing Legacy of Michael Novak

    By Brenna Hapes on June 7, 2015
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    Nathaniel Peters writes in "Public Discourse": "In a time of intense debate about global capitalism and the power of economic elites, Michael Novak’s work is essential reading for those who seek to work for free and virtuous societies. Novak’s life is also a lesson in charity."
  • Ave Maria Publishes Book of Essays Honoring Michael Novak’s Legacy

    By Michael Novak on February 3, 2015
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    "Sapientia Press, the academic publishing house of Ave Maria University, is releasing a compilation of the essays delivered at the conference [celebrating Novak's 80th birthday]. The collection, entitled An American and Catholic Life: Essays Dedicated to Michael Novak (2015), is edited by Elizabeth C. Shaw, a professor at the Catholic University of America and Novak’s research assistant since 2009

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