Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility

Spiritual Roots of the "Logic of Gift" and "the Principle of Gratuitousness" in Economic Activity

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Pope Benedict XVI, in his Encyclical Letter "Caritas in veritate", suggested the "logic of gift" and "the principle of gratuitousness" to be applied to normal economic activity as an expression of fraternity which can be applied in normal economic activity. The Benedict's proposal contrasts with other views of the logic of gift in economics and sociological thought. The "logic of gift" is distinct from, but not in opposition, to the logics of the market and of the State. We argue that the deep roots of the "logic of gift" and "the principle of gratuitousness" are in Christian spirituality, and it is precisely this spirituality which provides the deep meaning of these concepts and a spiritual motivation to apply them.
Bibliographic citation: Melé, Domènec, "Spiritual Roots of the "Logic of Gift" and "the Principle of Gratuitousness" in Economic Activity". In: Martin Schlag & Domènec Melé. A Catholic Spirituality for Business: The Logic of Gift. Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 2019. pp 117 - 138
Date: 25/05/2019
Author(s): Melé, Domènec
Document type: Chapter
Editor(s): Cátedra de Ética Empresarial y de los Negocios
Languages: English