Reciprocity in Economic Life

Daniel K. Finn

in The Moral Dynamics of Economic Life

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199858354
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949472 | DOI:
Reciprocity in Economic Life

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One of the most stimulating proposals Pope Benedict makes in Caritas in veritate is to acknowledge and encourage reciprocity in economic life. In this he provides both a challenge to how economic life is lived and an implicit critique of scientific economic analysis. This chapter provides alternative but mutually supportive approaches to the notion of reciprocity in the thought of Benedict XVI. The following essays are presented: Reciprocity and Fraternity by Stefano Zamagni, Reciprocity, Trust, and Social Capital by Daniel K. Finn, and The Logic of Gift and the World of Business by Michael J. Naughton.

Keywords: Caritas in veritate; Pope Benedict XVI; economic analysis; fraternity; trust; social capital

Chapter.  3999 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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