Money and the Good Life: a lunchtime discussion with Mary Hirschfeld

Mar 30, 2023
Booth School of Business
5807 S Woodlawn Avenue
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Mary HirschfeldUniversity of Notre Dame

Open to current students and faculty. Box lunches will be served. To inquire about registration, please email

In 2018, Mary Hirschfeld, economist and theologian, made a landmark intervention in the relationship between economics and theology. By locating the source of economic life in the search for human happiness, Hirschfeld used a Thomistic framework to approach modern problems. Join us for a lunch discussion on how we might move "Toward a Humane Economy."  

Prof. Hirschfeld will also give a lecture later in the day on "Rethinking Economic Inequality: a Theological Perspective." A response will follow from Amir Sufi (Booth School of Business). 

This event is made possible through the support of ‘In Lumine: Supporting the Catholic Intellectual Tradition on Campuses Nationwide’ (Grant #62372) from the John Templeton Foundation.

Mary Hirschfeld is the John T. Ryan Jr. Associate Professor of Theology and Business Ethics, Academic Director of the Business Ethics and Society Program. She works on the boundaries between theology and economics using an approach rooted in the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas. She has written on economic inequality, the technocratic paradigm, the financial crisis and the common good.

Selected Publications Aquinas and the Market: Toward a Humane Economy (Harvard University Press, 2018), “Rethinking Economic Inequality: A Theological Perspective,” Journal of Religious Ethics, 42(2) (June 2019): 259-282, “Reflection on the Financial Crisis: Aquinas on the Proper Role of Finance,” Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, 35(1) (Spring-Summer 2015): 63-82, “What is the Technocratic Paradigm and Must Business Be Structured By It?,” chapter in Business Ethics and Catholic Social Thought, Daniel K. Finn (ed.) (Georgetown University Press, May 2021): 93-113, “What Theology Should and Should Not Learn from the Social Sciences About the Common Good,” in Empirical Foundations of the Common Good: What Theology Can Learn from the Social Sciences, Daniel K. Finn (ed.) (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017): 208-240.