Humanism in Economics and Business

Perspectives of the Catholic Social Tradition

  • Domènec Melé
  • Martin Schlag

Part of the Issues in Business Ethics book series (IBET, volume 43)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Domènec Melé, Martin Schlag
    Pages 1-10
  3. Understanding Christian Humanism

  4. Catholic Humanism and Economic Activity

  5. Catholic Humanism in Business

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 239-243

About this book


This book offers different perspectives onHumanism as developed by Catholic Social Teaching, with a particular focus on its relevance in economics and business. The work is composed of three sections, covering what is meant by Christian Humanism, how it links with economic activity, and its practical relevance in the business world of today. Itreviewsthe historical development of Christian Humanism and discusses the arguments which justify it in the current cultural context and how it contributes to human development. The book argues that the current recognition of human dignity and the existence of innate human rights are both ultimately rooted in Christian Humanism. Itsets out the importance of the concept for economic activities, and how Christian Humanism can serve as a metaphysical foundation and ethical basis for a social market economy. Applying Christian Humanism to business leads to the centrality of the person in organizations and to seeing the company as a community of persons working together for the common good. Three thought-provoking case studies illustrate the wide-reaching positive impacts of applying Christian Humanism in the organization.​


Business Enterprise from a Christian Humanism Perspective Business of Business is the Human Person Christian Humanism Christian Humanism Ethical Basis for a Social Market Economy Christian Humanism In Business Christian Humanism In Economic Christian Humanism and Economic Activity Christian Humanism in Cultural Context Christian Humanism within Economic Activity Christian Roots of Human Dignity Christian Social Thought Contribution of Christian Humanism to Development Economics and Business Ethics Historical Development of Modern Christian Humanism Innate Human Rights Italian Economia Aziendale as Inspired by Christian Humanism Modern Christian Humanism New Perspectives for Christian Humanism Philosophy of Business

Editors and affiliations

  • Domènec Melé
    • 1
  • Martin Schlag
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Navarra IESE Business SchoolBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Markets, Culture and Ethics Research CenterPontifical University of the Holy CrossRomeItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-94-017-9703-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-9704-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0925-6733
  • Series Online ISSN 2215-1680
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