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Historically, Catholic social teaching is rooted in the workers’ question of the 19th and 20th centuries. Since then, human work and labor have been a key issue in Christian social ethics. Recent developments in robotics and artificial intelligence have led to a revival of the utopia of liberating humanity from work. This idea is at odds with those who are convinced that meaningful and satisfying work is an integral part of human life and flourishing. So should we aim for less work or better work? In his opening address to the Ethics Plenary of the Catholic Theological Society of America, David Cloutier sought to outline a Catholic position in this controversy. He develops a theological anthropology of good work grounded in the Vatican II core idea of the universal call to holiness.
The original is available at the CTSA proceedings page.
Obiora Ike has turned 65 and looks back on an extraordinary journey: he grew up surrounded by hunger and poverty during the Biafra war in Nigeria. Later, he studied theology and sociology. He worked as a priest and professor of social ethics. He later participated in international organisations such as the Club of Rome and Ordo socialis. From 2016 to 2022 he served as Executive Director of Globethics, an international non-governmental organisation working for ethical leadership, located in Geneva. The Festschrift documented here reflects Professor Ike’s many interests and commitments.
The Festschrift is open access downloadable here: