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A Catholic Vision of the Corporation

Susan J. Stabile

University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)

July 2005

St. John's Legal Studies Research Paper No. 07-0018

Motivated by a search for alternative ways of addressing the issues of how we think about corporations and whether there is a legitimate basis upon which to argue that a corporation has an obligation to behave in an ethical and socially responsible way, this article looks to what Catholic legal theory contributes to our thinking about the nature of the corporation. Scholars such as Michael Novak, Steve Bainbridge and Mark Sargent have argued for competing visions of a Catholic vision of a corporation. This Article articulates a particular Catholic vision of the corporation, a communitarian vision that sees the corporation both as a community and as existing as part of a larger community, a vision that emphasizes the corporation's social responsibilities. It then elaborates on what this vision means about a corporation's obligations and the role of law in regulating corporations. Finally, the Article defends the value of proposing a Catholic vision of the corporation, addressing the question why Catholic social thought has something useful to add to public debate in a pluralist society.

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Date posted: July 27, 2005  

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Stabile, Susan J., A Catholic Vision of the Corporation (July 2005). St. John's Legal Studies Research Paper No. 07-0018. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=761605 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.761605

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University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota) ( email )
MSL 400, 1000 La Salle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 55403-2005
United States
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