He Became Poor: The Poverty of Christ and Aquinas's Economic Teachings

He Became Poor: The Poverty of Christ and Aquinas's Economic Teachings

by Christopher A. Franks
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0802837484

ISBN-13: 9780802837486

Pub. Date: 04/06/2009

Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company


Drawing deeply on the views of Thomas Aquinas, He Became Poor challenges the modern economic tendency toward the "proprietary self" and calls for a renewed appreciation of the virtues of trusting receptivity and humble awareness of our membership in a larger benevolent order. Christopher Franks reveals how the summons to become poor

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Drawing deeply on the views of Thomas Aquinas, He Became Poor challenges the modern economic tendency toward the "proprietary self" and calls for a renewed appreciation of the virtues of trusting receptivity and humble awareness of our membership in a larger benevolent order. Christopher Franks reveals how the summons to become poor bestows a new intelligibility on formerly obscure economic teachings. In the course of his discussion Franks juxtaposes Aquinas with Aristotle, John Locke, and Alasdair MacIntyre.

This book makes a provocative case for taking Aquinas's thoughts on economics more seriously and illustrates how the very market conditions of the modern world cloud any attempt to fully understand Aquinas. Franks offers a convincing argument that questioning market-formed assumptions can actually help us recover the evangelical character of Aquinas's ethics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802837486
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date:
04/06/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
215
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi

Abbreviations viii

Introduction: Mendicancy as a Key to Thomas's Economic Teaching 1

1 Aristotelian Deference and Nonmarket Society 35

2 Usury, Just Price, and Natural Order 67

3 Ontological Poverty and the Priority of the Counsels 105

4 Mendicant Poverty and Following Christ 132

5 Christ's Poverty and the Completion of Nature 158

Conclusion: Humble Vulnerability and Market Society 182

Bibliography 192

Index 203

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