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*Image: The Reconciliation of Jacob and Esau by Peter Paul Rubens, 1624 [Staatsgalerie Schleissheim, Oberschleißheim, Germany]

By Michael Pakaluk, The Catholic Thing, June 22, 2022

Michael Pakaluk, an Aristotle scholar and Ordinarius of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas, is a professor in the Busch School of Business at the Catholic University of America. He lives in Hyattsville, MD with his wife Catherine, also a professor at the Busch School, and their eight children. …

Michael PakalukOne way of getting at what is objectionable in certain forms of individualism is to think about our lives in relation to debts.

A debt is something definite owed to another.  When someone owes us something, and is able to repay, but does not repay, then the question forces itself upon us: should we press somehow a case against this person (perhaps seeking to extract the repayment ourselves, and maybe only the grim repayment of revenge), or should we simply “write off” the debt, forgiving it? …

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