Biblical and Patristic Assessments of Economic Activity

  • Barry Gordon


The main schools of Greek philosophy to emerge in the post-Socratic period did not follow the lead of Plato and Aristotle into aspects of economic analysis. The Socratics, we have seen, undertook their analyses to help explain the formation of social life, and for the sake of developing criteria for the regulation of that life within the city-state. As the polis system began to crumble, they laboured to salvage and improve the traditional form of political framework. However, other philosophers, Cynics, Sceptics, Epicureans, and Stoics, accepted the demise of the old order, thereby losing the type of rationale for economic enquiry that had guided Plato and Aristotle.


Economic Activity Economic Analysis Economic Life Thirteenth Century Greek Philosopher 
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  • Barry Gordon
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  1. 1.University of NewcastleAustralia

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