Lines of Research currently being developed. History of Economic Thought

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Free markets are not a recent invention, and micocredit, long before the construction of the Grameen Bank, was being practiced by the Franciscans in their Montes Pietatis. An authentic understanding of economic thought must follow its origins in the ecclesial environment to the development of contemporary economic theories. Such a historical perspective allows these proposals to be examined in light of the principal themes of the Christian faith and to be re-directed towards the authentic end of the economy: the human person.

Thesis developed

  • Bellocq

    Arturo Bellocq Montano, La Doctrina Social de la Iglesia: Qué es y qué no es

    Biography: Born in Montevideo (Uruguay) on 11.06.1981. Degree in Economics and Commerce at the University of Montevideo (2003) Licentiate in Moral Theology at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (2009) Doctorate in Moral Theology (2012) with a thesis entitled "El estatuto epistemological de la Doctrina Social de la Iglesia : Magisterium, teología y política culture". Since 2011 he teaches Fundamental Moral Theology in the first cycle of the Faculty of Theology

    Abstract: What is and what is not the Church's social doctrine is one of the most debated issues in theology from the publication of the Encyclical Rerum Novarum today. Born in the field of Christian natural law, this discipline has gone through all stages imaginable: the idea that there could be a third way between communism and capitalism to organize society, a statement that its own existence could contradict the religious mission of the Church, a claim of universality that has led to overshadow the contributions of faith, the defense of the specificity of the Christian religion. The present study attempts to be a contribution to the effort of clarification and justification of the nature of the SDC. To this end, we travel the most important moments in the history of the debate on the epistemological status, so as to be able to provide a systematic way which fulfills both the reasons of faith, and the reasons for the current political culture, which the Church is called to evangelize. In this way it makes it easier to know what to expect from this discipline and the role that touches each of us in the exciting task of formulating and putting it into practice.

    Director: Prof. Angel Rodríguez Luño

    University: Pontificia Università della Santa Croce

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    Federico G. Ruiz, Intuición y Persuasión en John Maynard Keynes

    Biography: He hold a degree in Economics and Commerce from the ESEN in El Salvador, including a brief stay at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile has worked in Guatemala, as financial advisor to Grupo Cementos Progreso and also in the direction of the university centers. He holds a degree and doctorate in philosophy at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome.

    Abstract: A study conducted in three phases, with respect to the two key concepts of the philosophy of JM Keynes: intuition and persuasion. First, the staging of his greatest works through the historical journey of his life. Second, the presentation of the philosophical influences. Finally, the analysis of his two major works based on essential concepts. Three concentric circles, each more specific and deeper than the previous claim to be understood within the general framework.

    Director: Prof. Juan Andrés Mercado

    University: Pontificia Università della Santa Croce

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    Rodolfo Valdés, La Razón frente a los Órdenes Espontáneos. Estudio sobre la relevancia de los principios gnoseológicos en la teoría social y política de F.A. Hayek

    Biography: Born in Monterrey (Mexico) on 09/13/1983. Degree in Economics at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (2005). Licentiate in Philosophy at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (2011). Currently plays his PhD at the same university, on the relationship between the conception of the human mind and political philosophy in FA Hayek.

    Abstract: As is known, F.A. Hayek has put at the center of the social sciences the problem of knowledge (implicit and fragmented) and the limited right of the individuals, and proposes some basic thesis of liberalism from its own epistemological conceptions. Our study uses an interdisciplinary perspective: assessing the transcendence that some principles intellectuals have in the political and economic theories, as well as the epistemological implications of the knowledge economy and society.

    Director: Prof. Juan Andrés Mercado

    University: Pontificia Università della Santa Croce

  • Daniela Ortiz

    Daniela Ortiz, The Fundamental Principles of Wilhelm Röpke´s Social and Political Ethics. Correspondences and Analogies with Christian Social Teaching

    Biography: 2003: Diploma in Business Administration from the University of Innsbruck. Since October 2005 she is a teacher and a research assistant at the Department of Economics and Law, Management Center Innsbruck ( She teaches business ethics, research methods and project management methods. 2008-2010: Licentiate in Philosophy (Ethics and Anthropology)at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.

    Abstract: The political philosophy of Wilhelm Röpke has always been a subject of study for many scholars. One of the main points of his philosophy is his postulation of unit of the political, economic, social, and moral orders which in principle can be seen as the anthropological reflection of the unity of the human person. Röpke thinks that these orders are not only complementary, but also interdependent and mutually influence one more another. Daniela's thesis will try to answer the following questions: - Which antropology is hidden behind this postulate of the orders' unity backed by Röpke? - How does Röpke to distinguish between the ethics of the market as an institution and a fundamental ethos shared by individuals living in a free economic order? How does he conceive the relationship between the two spheres? - What thesis of the Social Doctrine of the Church are supported by Röpke in its line of thought?

    Director: Prof. Juan Andrés Mercado

    University: Pontificia Università della Santa Croce

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    Pacome Nde Nde, L'Éthique Sociale en St. Léon, Pape

    Biography: Work in progress.

    Abstract: Work in pogress.

    Director: Prof. Martin Schlag

    University: Pontificia Università della Santa Croce

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    Marta Lince Faria, The Humanist Principles of Economics accordig Carl Menger

    Biography: Marta Faria is currently a teaching assistant and a research assistant of Microeconomics and Macroeconomics at Católica-Lisbon, School of Business and Economics. Marta holds degrees in economics, philosophy and theology. Her preferential fields of research are Macroeconomics and Economic Growth.

    Abstract: Carl Menger’s true contribution to economic theory is complex to measure and evaluate. The analysis of Menger’s two main works leads to several interesting conclusions. First, Menger is undoubtly Aristotelian. His economic writings are inspired by Aristotle’s metaphysics and by the ideas of the Stagirite concerning the way science should be conducted. Second, Menger’s research is strongly influenced by his circumstances. If it was not for the hostilities with the German Historical School, he would not have written Investigations and would not have left this valuable contributions to the Social Sciences in general. And lastly, Menger’s results show that the synergy between economics and philosophy is very fruitful. It is worth the effort to try to establish a dialogue between these two disciplines..

    Director: Prof. Juan Andrés Mercado

    University: Pontificia Università della Santa Croce

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    Ignasi Pujol, The Moral Economy of Tomàs de Mercado in the context of the School of Salamanca

    Biografy: Born in Barcelona in 1976. He holds a degree in History (Univesidad of Lleida – 1999) and Masters Degree in Education (Universidad Complutense de Madrid – 2002). He completed the MBA at IESE (Barcelona - 2006). Worked for the family business and as assistant director in a School in Barcelona.In 2011 he began a Licenciate in Moral Theology at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (Rome). He is currently conducting his research under the title: La moral económica de Tomás de Mercado en el contexto de la Escuela de Salamanca.

    Abstract: From the second half of the twentieth century has been an effort by the historiography of seeking the true roots of modern economic science. Some assigned to Adam Smith as the father and founder of this science and also argued that the evolution of capitalism was due to the thrust caused by Protestant countries and the ethics it promoted. This research has sought to collaborate with other current, contrary to the previous one, which actually shows that Adam Smith had his importance in the creation of economic science, but without forgetting that his job is not a creation, but featured a legacy that has been silenced. The free market economy or economic liberalism rests on foundations that have been previously worked, think for example on private property, in the operation of the prices and the law of supply and demand. The commercial activity is previous to Adam Smith and the same could be said about other aspects such as the use of money, monopolies and any other aspect related to the free market economy. For all that has been the subject of our study the School of Salamanca. A School that we consider as the link between the contributions made by medieval authors like St. Thomas, Olivi, San Bernardino and San Antonino with the ones in the XVII and XVIII century that lead to the birth of the Economic science. This School, being a theological school, also made significant contributions to the economy from the Ethics point of view. Among the exponents of the school one of the best known is Thomas Market. This Dominican, with his work Suma de Tratos y contratos (2nd edition 1571, enlarged in relation to the first of 1569) reflects many aspects of the school thought related to economic moral concerns. He adds some ideas through a clear and concise language and manages to give criteria to the merchants of that time.

    Director: Prof. Martin Schlag

    University: Pontificia Università della Santa Croce

  • Deneys Williamson, Gaudium et Spes in Joseph Ratzinger-Benedetto XVI

    Biography:Seminarist of the diocese of Johannesburg, South Africa.

    Abstract: In the theology of Joseph Ratzinger is notorious the reception and the influence of the three constitutions Sacrosantum Concilium, Lumen Gentium and Dei verbum of the Vatican Concilium II. Less famous is the reception and the influence of the fourth, Gaudium et Spes. Through a careful analysis of the reception of the council text, togheter with a synthesis and a critic valutation of its reception, the Thesis purpose is of filling the gap and give a little tribute to the project of arriving to a full comprehension of Ratzinger theology. The first part is focused on Ratzinger during the council, the second on Ratzinger in the post-council, and the third shows the conclusions. This work will give particular attention to the following issues: the different historical-theological context in which Ratzinger moved during his theological career, the ermeneutic issue of the council and if he modified his idea about the document.

    Director: Prof. Martin Schlag

    University: Pontifical University of the Holy Cross