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Beyond Self-Interest: A Personalist Approach to Human Action
     

Beyond Self-Interest: A Personalist Approach to Human Action

by Gregory R. Beabout, Ricardo F. Crespo, Stephen J. Grabill, Kim Paffenroth, Kyle Swan
 
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

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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 volume presents the methodological and theoretical foundations for economic personalism through a detailed investigation of human action from two different, yet complementary perspectives: from the personalist perspective of Karol Wojtyla in the Acting Person (1969), and the free-market perspective of Ludwig von Mises in Human Action (1949). By comparing and contrasting the viewpoints of Wojtyla and Mises, the authors develop a comprehensive praxeology (i.e., a theory of human action) capable of analyzing human action from moral and economic perspectives. Beyond Self-Interest illustrates how a unified praxeology could encourage more sustained analysis of the moral dimensions of economic activity while simultaneously softening the utilitarian prejudice of contemporary economic analysis.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739101827
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
08/15/2001
Series:
Religion, Politics, and Society in the New Millennium Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.61(d)

Meet the Author

Gregory R. Beabout is an adjunct fellow of the Center for Economic Personalism and Associate Professor of Philosophy at Saint Louis University. Ricardo F. Crespo is Professor of Philosophy at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina. Stephen J. Grabill is a research fellow and executive editor of the Journal of Markets and Morality at the Center for Economic Personalism. Kim Paffenroth is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Iona College. He is the author of The Story of Jesus according to L (1997) and Judas: Images of the Lost Disciple (2001), and the co-editor of Augustine and Liberal Education (2000). Kyle Swan is a doctoral candidate for the Ph.D. in philosophy at Bowling Green State University.

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