Forum for Social Economics

, Volume 27, Issue 2, pp 37–55 | Cite as

Scarcity in the Danner-MeeksForum exchange: Supplying the demand for clarity

  • Megan Maloney


The dialog on scarcity in the Fall 1995 issue of the Forum exemplifies the problems inherent in cross-disciplinary communication. Careful analysis of this dialog between Peter Danner and M. Douglas Meeks reveals an equivocal use of the crucial term in question: “scarcity.” By pointing out these various shades of meaning and demonstrating the negative effects of linguistic confusion on the Danner-Meeks dialog, this article seeks to show how clarity and precision in the use of the term “scarcity” can open important avenues for further interdisciplinary reflection on this fundamental economic principle.


Social Economic Human Freedom Proportional Definition Vatican Council Absolute Definition 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Megan Maloney
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  1. 1.Marquette UniversityMilwaukeeUSA

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