Ancient and Medieval Economic Ideas and Concepts of Social Justice

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S. Todd Lowry, Barry Lewis John Gordon
BRILL, 1998 - Business & Economics - 611 pages
The history of ideas is full of attempts to construct a conceptual apparatus to facilitate discussions of the workings of economic structures and of justice in interpersonal relations, cultural institutions and the social order. The aim of this volume is to provide up-to-date summaries of such ideas on economic issues and social justice which have been brought forward in each historic period from antiquity to early modern times. The emphasis is on the Near Eastern and Mediterranean background of western European culture from the world of the Old Testament and the ancient Greeks through to Spanish scholasticism and its offshoots in the Spanish Americas down to the 18th century. The 13 contributing scholars have each in his or her own way investigated the actual surviving writings from their specialist periods, along with their own or other modern interpretations. The essays presented here do not pretend to argue for a particular definition or concept of economic science or to determine its origins nor to define social justice, but rather to draw attention to the ideas of writers from the past that relate to relevant concepts in modern discussions of economic activity and social obligations.
 

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Contents

An Economic Look at the Old Testament
39
Hellenistic Economic Thought
105
The NewTestament Perspective
147
The Greek Christian Fathers
163
A SocioEconomic
209
Roman Thought on Economics and Justice
269
Social Justice
333
Monetary and Market Consciousness in Thirteenth
371
Economic Thought in the Last Byzantine Period
405
The Medieval Schoolmen 12001400
439
Spanish Economic Thought in
503
Latin American Scholastics
563
Index
587
List of Contributors
609
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