A Unit 4 – Contents

Working Life and
the ‘Priority of Labour over Capital’

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4.1            EXPERIENCE OF WORK

4.1.1            Introduction: following the ‘pastoral spiral’ in this unit

4.1.2            Your work – past, present, future

4.1.3            Different ‘sectors’ of work

4.1.4            Issues in working life

4.1.5            What this unit is about and not about

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4.2            RERUM NOVARUM

4.2.1            Revisiting the historical context of Rerum Novarum

4.2.2            Rerum Novarum – introduction

4.2.3            RN, part 1: A natural right to private property (##4-15)

4.2.4            RN, part 2: The role of the Church in teaching and charity (##16-31)

4.2.5            RN, part 2, continued

4.2.6            RN part 3: The role of government in ensuring just working conditions (##32-47)

4.2.7            RN, part 4: Workers have a right to form associations/unions (##48-61)

4.2.8            Rerum Novarum: summing up

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4.3            LABOREM EXERCENS

4.3.1            From Rerum Novarum to Laborem Exercens

4.3.2            Laborem Exercens: preface and introduction (##1-3)

4.3.3            Work as for the human person (##4-7)

4.3.4            Worker solidarity (#8)

4.3.5            Work, dignity and society (##9-10)

4.3.6            The priority of labour over capital (##11-12)

4.3.7            Questions for discussion half way through unit

4.3.8            The critique of ‘economism’ and ‘materialism’ (##13-15)

4.3.9            ‘Rights of Workers’ (##16-23)

4.3.10          ‘Elements for a Spirituality of Work’ (##24-27)

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4.4            CST ON WORK: ASSESSMENT AND ACTION

4.4.1            Summary and review of Laborem Exercens

4.4.2            General assessment of CST on working life

4.4.3            Christian action for workers’ rights

4.4.4            Review and discussion of Unit 4

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4.5            COMMENTS ON UNIT 4

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