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Spiritual Roots of the "Logic of Gift" and "the Principle of Gratuitousness" in Economic Activity
Fecha: 25/05/2019
Autor / es: Melé, Domènec
Tipo de documento: Chapter
Colaborador / es: Cátedra de Ética Empresarial y de los Negocios
Áreas: Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
Idiomas: English
Cita bibliográfica: 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

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.

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