Daniel K. Finn

Daniel K. Finn  

Professor of Theology and Clemens Professor of Economics and the Liberal Arts, 1989-

Dean, School of Theology, Saint John's University, 1984-89 Professor of Economics and Theology, 1977-

B.S., Saint John Fisher College, 1968; M.A. University of Chicago, 1975; Ph.D., 1977



Recent publications:

The Moral Ecology of Markets, by Daniel Finn

The Moral Ecology of Markets: Assessing Claims about Markets and Justice(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.)

Just Trading: On The Ethics and Economics of International Trade

Just Trading: On The Ethics and Economics of International Trade

(Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1996.)


Recent Articles/Chapters:

"Libertarian Heresy: The Fundamentalism of Free-market Theology,” Commonweal, September 26, 2008.

“The Catholic Theological Society of America and the Bishops,” Origins, vol. 37, no 6, June 21, 2007, pp. 88-95.

“Continuing the Dialogue on Markets and Morality,” Author’s response to three reviews of Daniel Finn, The Moral Ecology of Markets: Assessing Claims about Markets and Justice, Symposium in Faith and Economics, no. 49, Spring, 2007.

“Commentary on Centesimus annus,” in Kenneth Himes, ed., Modern Catholic Social Teaching: Commentaries and Interpretations, Georgetown University Press, June 2005.

Recent Book Reviews:

Review of Albino Barrera, Economic Compulsion and Christian Ethics, Cambridge University Press, in Journal of Markets and Morality, vol. 9, no. 2, Fall, 2006.

“Misreading the Pope,” Review of Rebecca M. Blank and William McGurn’s Is the Market Moral, Commonweal, vol. 13, #17, October 8, 2004.

Recent presentations:

"The Economic Crisis and Catholic Social Thought," a Theology Day presentation, Collegeville, Minneapolis, Rochester, and Alexandria, MN, September-October 2009.

“The Moral Ecology of Markets and Developing Nations,” faculty seminar presented at the Berkeley Center, Georgetown University, March 29, 2007.

"Priority of Labor Over Capital: Some Needed Extensions," presentation at conference on Catholic Social Thought and Human Work, Villanova University, Sept 26, 2006.

“What are Trade Agreements and Why Should We Care about Them?” lecture at “Crossing the Borders of Trade” conference sponsored by various agencies of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Tucson, Arizona, April 14-16, 2005.

Notable activities:

President of the Society of Christian Ethics, 2009.

Monica Hellwig Award from the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities for outstanding contributions to Catholic intellectual life, 2008.

President of the Catholic Theological Society of America, 2006-2007.

Recipient of the Thomas F. Divine Award from the Association for Social Economics for lifetime contributions to social economics in the social economy, 2005.

Robert L. Spaeth Teacher of Distinction Award, Saint John’s University, 2000.

President of the Association for Social Economics, 1985.

Referee for Horizons, Journal of Religious Ethics, Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, Journal of Economic Education, and Review of Social Economy.

Co-director of the Research Project, The True Wealth of Nations, The Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies.