Teleology and Reason in Economic and Social Affairs

With the help of Laszlo Zsolnai and the European SPES Institute an International Workshop on “Teleology and Reason in Economic and Social Affairs” was organized at the Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford, June 30 – July 1, 2014. The workshop explored Catholic Social Thinking for analysing pressing eco-nomic and financial problems of today. Inspired by the spiritual humanism of the European personalist movement and applying the analytical rigour of the Aristotelian-Thomistic tradition the workshop aims to develop new models for business functioning and economic policy serving the spiritual and material flourishing of the human person. Important issues included the follwing: (1)The role of “telos” in the formation of economic choices and actions. (2) Critique of the current assumptions of economic rationality. (3) Reason and reason-ing in economic and social life. (4) Common good oriented business and policy making. (5) Civil society participation in the economy.

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