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Luigi Taparelli's Natural Law Approach to Social Economics


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  • Behr Thomas

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    Luigi Taparelli, S.J. (1793-1862) sought to "baptize" classical liberal economic thinking by re-establishing it on the basis of a modernized Aristotelico-Thomistic conception of human nature and society. With its flawed anthropology, Taparelli argued that economics as it stood was illequipped to understand the actual character of socio-economic problems and therefore dangerous as an instrument of public policy. Applying his principles of solidarity, subsidiarity, just legal order and piety, Taparelli drew attention to the relationship of moral-cultural factors to economic life and described the limits of government intervention subject to maximum regard for personal liberty."Le Père Luigi Taparelli (1793- 1862) chercha à « baptiser » la pensée économique libérale classique en la fondant sur une conception Aristotelico- Thomiste modernisée de la nature humaine et de la société. Taparelli avançait qu’avec son anthropologie erronée, la science économique de l’époque était mal équipée pour comprendre le caractère des problèmes socio-économiques et de plus dangereuse en tant qu’instrument de politique publique. En se fondant sur les principes qu’il avait élaborés, ceux de solidarité, de subsidiarité, d’ordre judiciaire juste et de pitié, Taparelli attira l’attention sur la relation des facteurs moraux et culturels de la vie économique et décrivit les limites de l’intervention étatique à l’aune de l’espace maximum de liberté personnelle.

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    Article provided by De Gruyter in its journal Journal des Economistes et des Etudes Humaines.

    Volume (Year): 13 (2003)
    Issue (Month): 2 (June)
    Pages: 1-23

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