Aidan Beatty, University of Pittsburgh | Newberry

Aidan Beatty, University of Pittsburgh

Friday, September 11, 2020

11-12:30 pm

Held virtually via Zoom, register for link 

Irish Studies Seminar

The Problem of Capitalism in Irish Catholic Social Thought, 1922-1950, Aidan Beatty

The Catholic Church in twentieth-century Ireland was infamously anti-communist. In this paper, I look at the other side of this equation: what did the leading savants of Irish Catholicism think of capitalism? Where anti-communism often goes hand-in-glove with an uncritical support for capitalism, Irish Catholic thinkers were often equally suspicious of both communism and capitalism. And their opposition to both economic ideologies drew on similar rationales; a hostility to anything “foreign”, a fear that global culture would destroy traditional Irish culture, anti-materialism, a desire to return to an idealized medieval past, and pervasive antisemitic paranoia.

Respondent: Mary McCain, DePaul University

Cost and Registration Information 

This event is free, but all participants must register in advance. To register and request a copy of the pre-circulated paper, email Please do not request a paper unless you plan to attend. Spaces are limited.