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The Encyclical Caritas in Veritate, Christian Tradition and the Modern World

  • Martin SchlagEmail author
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Part of the Ethical Economy book series (SEEP, volume 41)

Abstract

In his most cited sentence, Adam Smith writes that we do not expect our meal from the benevolence of the butcher or the brewer but from their self-interest. Would it not be more correct to say that we expect it from their justice and virtuousness? What does the commandment of universal love mean for a Christian working in economy? Pope Benedict XVI gives answers to these questions in his social encyclical. He uses expressions which seem to be of little practical relevance to business people: gratuitousness, spirit of gift, reciprocity, relationality, etc. These expressions stem from a line of economic thought known as “civil economy” which tries to make fruitful the treasure of scholastic economics, especially the Franciscan School, and other schools of Christian social teaching. The essay strives to explain the meaning of the expressions used in the encyclical and to show their relevance.

Keywords

Human Dignity Common Good Social Ethic Christian Tradition Economic Liberalism 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Università della Santa CroceRomeItaly

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