• On May 4, 2017 Peter Rona and Laszlo Zsolnai presented their book on Economics as a Moral Science at Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford. The presentation was introduced by Richard Finn, OP, the Director of Las Casas Institute for Social Justice.

  • Economics as a Moral Science has been published by Springer. The book is an attempt to reclaim economics as a moral science. It argues that ethics is a relevant aspect of all levels of economic activity, from individual and organizational to societal and global. Taking ethical considerations into account is needed in explaining and predicting the behavior of economic agents as well as in evaluating and designing economic policies and mechanisms. The book employs the personalist approach that sees human persons with free will and conscience as the basic agents of economic life and defines human flourishing as the final end of economic activities.

  • Luk Bouckaert published a booklet in Dutch with Pax Christi on Business for Peace (“Ondernemen voor vrede”) in which he introduces the Ypres Manifesto and presents the European SPES Institute.

  • Contemplative Social Research brings together research and insights from scholars throughout Europe and North America, and from a variety of social science disciplines. The book argues that contemplative-based inquiry is unique in recognizing the deep oneness of humanity, since it requires embodied awareness as well as openness to the transpersonal dimensions of the human experience. No single discipline can deal with such vitally important issues as climate change, growing social inequalities, or the social impact of new digital technologies. Consequently, the book argues that only a contemplative vision that pushes the boundaries between disciplines and cultures can extend and broaden the social and human sciences. Part One focuses on conceptualizations of knowing and being.

  • Springer launches a new book series entitled „Virtues and Economics”. Series editors are Peter Rona (Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford) and Laszlo Zsolnai.  

    The series is dedicated to virtue ethics and economics. The goal is to help develop a virtue-based economic theory which connects virtues with the contents of economic activities of individuals, unincorporated and incorporated economic agents. The primary context is Catholic Social Teaching but other faith traditions (especially Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism) will also be explored for their construction of virtues in economic action. Special attention will be made to regulatory and policy issues in promoting economic justice.




  • The book contains selected papers presented at the international conference coorganized by the European  SPES Institute and IFIM Business School in Bangalore, India on January 9-10, 2014. Addressing issues of human values, ethics, spirituality and leadership in business the authors of this volume create a dialogue and interchange between Indian and European cultural traditions. Topics include spiritual orientations to business in Hindu, Buddhist and Christian traditions; the effect of spirituality upon contemporary leadership theories; sustainable business models in India and Europe and a comparison between Indian and European philosophies of leadership.
  • Sander Tideman published a new book entitled “Business as an Instrument for Societal Change: In Conversation with the Dalai Lama” (Greenleaf Publishing, 2016). The book is the result of two decades of research and dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other leaders in business, government, science and education. Sander Tideman who has maintained a friendship with the Dalai Lama over all these years, presents a practical framework and methodology to develop a new kind of leadership – one fit to repurpose the business world and tackle escalating social, economic and environmental needs.

  • Jean-Paul Close published a Whitepaper on Wellness on behalf of STIR Foundation. The whitepaper presents a framework for developing human, environmental and economic resilience.

  • Margot Esther Borden published a new book on Psychology in the Light of the East which presents fresh insights into integral psychology, incorporating the reason of Western psychology together with the holistic outlook of Eastern wisdom. Borden examines the philosophy, mysticism, and psychology of both East and West to convey how they reflect the evolution of consciousness. Grounded in a theoretical framework, this text includes valuable techniques for application and invites readers on a journey of self-knowledge and self-mastery, providing practitioners as well as general readers with the tools for great personal and professional development.

  • Laszlo Zsolnai and Bernadette Flanagan (All Hallows College, Dublin City University) develop the InternationalHandbook ofSpirituality and  Society for Routledge. The Handbookaims to summarize the most important issues and problems  of spiritually-related activities in different fields of social life. Also, it presents approaches and models for  professions working in these domains. 

  • This book by Peter Pruzan (member of the Advisory Board of the European SPES Institute) is an in-depth guide to effective scientific research. Ranging from the philosophical to the practical, it explains at the outset what science can – and can’t – achieve, and discusses its relationship to mathematics and laws. The author then pays extensive attention to the scientific method, including experimental design, verification, uncertainty and statistics. A major aim of the book is to help young scientists reflect upon the deeper aims of their work and make the best use of their talents in contributing to progress. To this end, it also includes sections on planning research, on presenting one’s findings in writing, as well as on ethics and the responsibilities of scientists.

  • Vincenzo Giorgino (University of Turin) organizes a special session on “Contemplative methods meets sociological imagination. An enactive perspective for sociological inquiry and wise social transformation" in the RC33 9th International Conference on Social Science Methodology of the International Sociological Association (ISA) in 11-16 September 2016 at the University of Leicester in Leicester, UK. (See call for papers)

  • It was a shock to hear that Frank Delmartino, Jean Monnet professor of European Institutions and policies at KU Leuven and fellow of the European SPES Institute,  suddenly passed away on June 21, 2015. Frank was a dedicated European who inspired many students and who helped to "co-create Europe" through a lot of international projects and initiatives. He taught at many universities all over the world.  Recently he started a promising Cambridge-Leuven project on ‘Ethical Governance in Europe’ in which some SPES fellows were involved.


  • Wendelin Küpers (Karlshochschule International University) and Olen Gunnlaugson (Universite Laval Quebec) are editing a book on “Wisdom Learning” for Grower Publishing series on Practical Wisdom - Leadership, Organization and Integral Business Practice. They invite contributions for the book that addresses the growing significance of wisdom in management education and learning in organisations. 

  • Participants of the 10th Anniversary Conference of the European SPES Forum in April 10-12, 2014 in Ieper, Flanders Fields, Belgium launched "The Ypres Manifesto on Business for Peace". It reads as follows: In commemoration of the Great War of 1914-1918, we gather together in Ypres, April 10 to 12, 2014, as an international group yearning for Peace and coming from more than ten different countries. In the war trenches of Ypres, thousands of young people lost their lives, their innocence and dreams.