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January 2015 Vol. 52 No. 5

Fortress Press/Augsburg Fortress

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Clark, Meghan J. The vision of Catholic social thought: the virtue of solidarity and the praxis of human rights. Fortress, 2014. 166p bibl indexes afp ISBN 9781451472486 pbk, $39.00.

Clark (St. John’s Univ., New York) explores the relationship of human rights and solidarity in Catholic social teaching.  Her work highlights the historical development of these concepts, the anthropology that underlies them, and their significance for addressing such contemporary issues as globalization and the international community’s "responsibility to protect" in response to government-sponsored violence.  In developing her arguments, Clark draws on authors such as Charles Taylor, Catherine LaCugna, Elizabeth Johnson, and Amartya Sen.  This well-written and thoughtful work is suitable for advanced students of Catholic social teaching.  For a broader introduction to Catholic social teaching suitable for undergraduates, see Marvin Mich's The Challenge and Spirituality of Catholic Social Teaching (rev. ed., 2011).

--J. H. Sniegocki, Xavier University

Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.