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The True Wealth of NationsCatholic Social Thought and Economic Life$
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Daniel Finn

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199739813

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199739813.001.0001

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Catholic Social Thought, Civil Economy, and the Spirit of Capitalism

Catholic Social Thought, Civil Economy, and the Spirit of Capitalism

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(p.63) 3 Catholic Social Thought, Civil Economy, and the Spirit of Capitalism
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The True Wealth of Nations
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Stefano Zamagni (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199739813.003.0004

This chapter is a preliminary test of the fundamental hypothesis of the True Wealth of Nations project:“The economic and cultural criteria identified in the tradition of Catholic social thought (CST) provide an effective path to sustainable prosperity for all”. By adopting a history of ideas approach, it shows that in the era of civil humanism during the 13th through 15th centuries, the principles of CST were able to inspire and shape an institutional order, a civil economy, aimed at the common good.

Keywords:   Catholic social thought, sustainable prosperity, common good, capitalism, civil economy

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