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Wilhelm Roepke may have been the soundest economist of the twentieth century. He understood the limitations as well as the strengths of his discipline. Economists are often tempted to take the easy way out, by denying reality to aspects of human existence and reducing them to arbitrary and subjective tastes and preferences. Roepke never does this, and this is his strength. He realizes that all of these are legitimate aspects of human experience which must be satisfied in a balanced and harmonious social ...

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Wilhelm Roepke may have been the soundest economist of the twentieth century. He understood the limitations as well as the strengths of his discipline. Economists are often tempted to take the easy way out, by denying reality to aspects of human existence and reducing them to arbitrary and subjective tastes and preferences. Roepke never does this, and this is his strength. He realizes that all of these are legitimate aspects of human experience which must be satisfied in a balanced and harmonious social existence. Nature, sex, religion, beauty, and politics are all meaningful as parts of the whole. Problems occur only when each segment attempts to become the whole.

The original title of this book, Civitas Humana, contains a double meaning. It promises a treatment of questions fundamental not only to human society but also to humane society. The volume combines distinct aspects of life. Half of the book is devoted to questions of economic and social life. The other half examines spiritual and national life. Chapters include “Moral Foundations,” “The Place of Science in the City of Man,” “Counterweights to the State,” “Congestion and Proletarianisation of Society,” and “Economic System and International New Order.” Although Roepke recognized the validity of the nation in the modern world, he was constantly trying to find the smaller agencies within society in which real allegiances and loyalties were to be developed. His ideas continue to be of significance. As described by William F. Campbell in the new introduction, The Moral Foundations of Civil Society is a necessary addition to the libraries of economists, sociologists, theologians, and philosophers.

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A new introduction placing Roepke's ideas in the context of the history of Western thought accompanies this edition of a work originally published in German in 1944 and in English in 1948 by W. Hodge as Civitas Humana. Roepke treats questions fundamental not only to human society but also to a humane society, with half of the book devoted to aspects of economic and social life and half examining spiritual and national life. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560008521
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/1995
  • Series: Library of Conservative Thought Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

William F. Campbell is professor of economics in the College of Business Administration at Louisiana State University.

Wilhelm Roepke was an economist and an author. He also wrote The Social Crisis of Our Time and International Order and Economic Integration.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Transaction Edition
Preface
Introduction: From Old to New Forms of Economy and Society - Capitalism - Collectivism - Economic Humanism 1
I Moral Foundations 43
II The Place of Science in the City of Man 61
III The Healthy and the Sick Government 85
IV Counterweights to the State 99
V Specific Counterweights to the Power of the State 117
VI Congestion and Proletarianisation of Society 131
VII Decongestion and Deproletarianisation 152
VIII The Decentralisation of Industry 169
IX The Peasant Core of Society 182
X The Alleviation of Business Cycle Fluctuations 196
XI Economic System and International New Order 224
Index 237
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