2.2.1 Introduction

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Unit 2 Contents

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The last section introduced the concepts of ‘liberalism’ and ‘socialism’, and many people would immediately think of these as referring to political positions.  I’ve focused above on the economic meanings of these terms, and we are not going to give very much attention in this module to their political meanings.  This is because the other CST module, ‘Living in a Just and Free Society’, looks at political questions (among others).  In contrast, the field of study in this module is what CST has to say about the activities that fill the daily lives of most people, including those that are to do with economics. This module seeks to enable understanding and assessment of how CST answers the question: how, in work and rest, in business, in family life and in living with the rest of nature, can people live life to the full?

In the way CST addresses these topics, it has articulated several main principles.  In Unit 1, screen 1.1.6 gave very brief definitions of these.  In Units 3 to 7, some of them will be studied in detail.  The second part of this unit gives a fuller introduction to them – both to those we will look at closely in this module and to others which are mainly studied in Module B.

After we’ve looked at some of these principles, we’ll give a bit of attention to what a ‘principle’ is – what this word actually means.  It will be easier to do this when we’ve already been thinking about some of them.  This will be on screen 2.2.9.

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End of 2.2.1

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