Rediscovering a Personalist Economy

  • Hendrik OpdebeeckEmail author
Part of the Virtues and Economics book series (VIEC, volume 1)


The paper suggests that we can rediscover the personalist philosophy in searching for new models for business and economic actions. At the core of Jacques Maritain’s “Humanisme intégral” (1936) is the idea that man is a person who is spiritual in nature, endowed with free will, and thus autonomous in relation to the world. For Maritain the community is central: the true goal of the temporal order is thus more than the mere tallying up of individual needs. It concerns the good life of the entire community—the common good or bonum commune. But the temporal bonum commune is not the ultimate goal, as it is subordinated to what transcends temporal welfare—the attainment of freedom and spiritual perfection of the human person.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for EthicsUniversity of AntwerpAntwerpBelgium

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