Encyclopedia of Medieval Philosophy

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Economic Thought in the Middle Ages

  • Giovanni Ceccarelli
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1151-5_152-2


In the High Middle Ages, a distinctive Christian approach to economics starts to take form in relation to ecclesiastical properties. A paradigm of unselfish but productive use of wealth is set, using poverty as a model. From the eleventh century, canon law unfolds this broad paradigm drawing on Roman law: a juridical condemnation of usury is put forward which, however, is linked to derogations grounded on nonlegal principles.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e AziendaliUniversità di ParmaParmaItaly