Human Nature and the Discipline of Economics: Personalist Anthropology and Economic Methodology (Religion, Politics & Society in the New Millennium)

Human Nature and the Discipline of Economics: Personalist Anthropology and Economic Methodology (Religion, Politics & Society in the New Millennium)

By: Christopher Westley (author), Stephen J. Grabill (author), Patricia Donohue-White (author), Gloria Zuniga (author)Hardback

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Foundations of Economic Personalism is a series of three book-length monographs, each closely examining a significant dimension of the Center for Economic Personalism's unique synthesis of Christian personalism and free-economic market theory. In the aftermath of the momentous geo-political and economic changes of the late 1980s, a small group of Christian social ethicists began to converse with free-market economists over the morality of market activity. This interdisciplinary exchange eventually led to the founding of a new academic subdiscipline under the rubric of economic personalism. These scholars attempt to integrate economic theory, history, and methodology with Christian personalism's stress upon human dignity, humane social structures, and social justice. This second volume in the series surveys the anthropological foundations to the disciplines of economics and moral theology. The first part of the book presents an overview of the German, French, and Polish branches of personalist thought. Particular attention is given to theological anthropology, especially as it is developed by such thinkers as Emmanuel Mounier, Max Scheler, Gabriel Marcel, Karol Wojtyla, and Emil Brunner. Part two surveys models of human nature that have been espoused by various schools of free-market thought-including mainstream neoclassical economics. In conclusion, the authors demonstrate how an expanded understanding of human nature can augment the ability of economic science to model and predict human behavior.

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Patricia Donohue-White teaches theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio. Stephen J. Grabill is research fellow and executive editor of the Journal of Markets and Morality at the Center for Economic Personalism. Christopher Westley is Assistant Professor of Economics at Jacksonville State University. Gloria Zo-iga is a research fellow at the Center for Economic Personalism.


Chapter 1 Introduction: Personalism in the History of Political Economy Chapter 2 Theological Anthropology and Personalism Chapter 3 Economic Models of Human Nature Chapter 4 Constructive Dialogue Chapter 5 Anthropology, Economics, and Culture Chapter 6 Conclusion

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  • publication date: 29/06/2001
  • ISBN13: 9780739101841
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 130
  • ID: 9780739101841
  • weight: 313
  • ISBN10: 0739101846

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