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Saint Thomas Aquinas

  • Barry Gordon

Abstract

As discussion intensified on problems of economic morality in the early part of the thirteenth century, theologians gradually entered into the field which canon lawyers and medieval Romanists had begun to explore. Their entry served to raise debate to new analytical heights. One of the prominent early contributors was St Albert the Great (1193–1280), a Swabian aristocrat who taught at Paris and Cologne, and who is generally regarded as the founder of the theological tradition associated with the Dominican order. However, it was the work of his pupil St Thomas Aquinas (1225–74) that was to prove definitive and establish a body of systematic thought that continues to exercise a profound influence on many European scholars today. One relatively minor element in that thought was analysis of aspects of economic life.

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Economic Analysis Distributive Justice Moral Philosophy Legal Personality Thirteenth Century 
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© Barry Gordon 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • Barry Gordon
    • 1
  1. 1.University of NewcastleAustralia

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