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Wealth Creation, Social Virtues, and Sociality

John A. Coleman, S.J.

in The True Wealth of Nations

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199739813
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199866120 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199739813.003.0009
Wealth Creation, Social Virtues, and Sociality

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This chapter investigates the notion of “social capital”, beginning with its development among sociologists and its eventual employment by economists and others. It urges a conversation between Catholic social thought and theorists of social capital. On the one hand, the sociological notion of social capital includes elements (such as the claim that social capital is essential for wealth creation) that would be helpful to make more visible within Catholic social thought and, on the other hand, Catholic social thought includes insight into communal life and the common good that could enrich the notions of social capital as employed within social science.

Keywords: Catholic social thought; social capital; common good; virtue; prosperity

Chapter.  10489 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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