Oikonomia

Capitalism, religions and the sacred

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The fracture of the ora et labora generated two different forms of individualism

The fracture of the ora et labora generated two different forms of individualism

The market and the temple/20 - In a few decades, the Reformation and Counter-Reformation consumed the ethical ground conquered by the merchants between the 14th century and 16th century. By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire 21/03/2020 The 17th century was more "religious" than the 14th c...
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And with the pain of women the market became divine

And with the pain of women the market became divine

The market and the temple/19 - The Counter-Reformation was also a decisive time for the economic and social culture of Italy and Southern Europe. By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire  15/03/2021 The nuns gave a high sense of being imprisoned victims of even extreme penances, and for the ...
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But not all possible "ours" are a good communion

But not all possible "ours" are a good communion

The market and the temple/18 - Monastic lockup was about "shutting in" women and "shutting out" male interference. By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire  07/03/2021 The social and economic life of female monasteries between the Middle Ages and modern times was richly blessed in «ora et la...
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The market of donated-women somewhere between inheritance and social cost

The market of donated-women somewhere between inheritance and social cost

The temple and the market/17 - The negative stigma placed on unwed women gradually led to the birth of new Monti, entities of credit and charity. By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire  28/02/2021 The dowry system as a means of excluding women from inheriting was established by the Italian...
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Why Adam's economy is not Cain's economy

Why Adam's economy is not Cain's economy

The market and the temple/16 - The great Duns Scotus interpreted the version of the "golden rule" of the Gospels as a rule of economic sociality. By Luigino Bruni Published 21/02/2021 in Avvenire. Private property is fair when it is about preserving peace, safeguarding Abel, that is, defending what ...
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When knowledge was a common and free good

When knowledge was a common and free good

The Market and the Temple/15 - Theological prohibitions have been able to generate means of freedom for merchants and intellectuals such as insurance companies and universities. by Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire 14/02/2021 Ancient Christian culture knew that knowledge was a precious, indeed ...
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When fragility became an economic and civil virtue

When fragility became an economic and civil virtue

The Market and the Temple/14 - Literature is a metaphor for the spirit of the past while also helping us to understand the mercantile ethics of the Middle Ages by Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire  07/02/2021 The moral beauty of an entrepreneur does not only depend on his skill, because wealth ...
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Good trading will always be a tactile and visual art form

Good trading will always be a tactile and visual art form

The Market and the Temple/13 - The merchant writers hand down pages of life and economic stories in the name of competence, sobriety, beauty and faith to us. By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire le 31/01/2021 Our economy can only become civil and civilized when it becomes a relationship and lea...
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Where poverty is not a matter of shame and wealth is all about sharing

Where poverty is not a matter of shame and wealth is all about sharing

The Market and the Temple/12 - The Latin and pre-capitalist humanism of medieval cities and merchants and the critique of the spirit of capitalism. By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire  24/01/2021 Franciscans and Dominicans changed the world: being rich among those who praise poverty is very di...
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The «art of trading» is all about love for the people of the world

The «art of trading» is all about love for the people of the world

The Market and the Temple/11 - The weaving of relationships that Tuscan Francesco Datini made great is exemplary. Pessimism, cynicism, envy and distrust are the great capital sins of any business. by Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire  17/01/2021 Virtuous and successful trade belongs to those wh...
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Forgiveness and second chance accounting in meridian capitalism

Forgiveness and second chance accounting in meridian capitalism

The Market and the Temple/10 - In the first multinational companies that arose in the Christian cities of the fourteenth century, the poor were the representatives of God and took part in the earnings By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire  10/01/2021 Nostalgia for an imperfect form of capitalism...
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That infinite controversy that pits what is honest and what is useful against one another

That infinite controversy that pits what is honest and what is useful against one another

The Market and the Temple/9 - Analysis - The information held by those who deal in trading is the basis of a decisive and ambiguous ability to anticipate the future By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire 03/01/2021 From the clear condemnation of mercantile speculation by ancient Roman culture and...
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When and why merchants were able to occupy the temple

When and why merchants were able to occupy the temple

The Market and the Temple/8 - Analysis - A story where the Medici and other magnificent Florentines, St. Antonino, the common good and the Magi are the protagonists. By Luigino Bruni Published in Avvenire  27/12/2020 In the fourteenth-fifteenth century, the world quickly went from the common good...
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When public debt was a matter of giving

When public debt was a matter of giving

The Market and the Temple/7 - Analysis. The different medieval conceptions, the debate that arose and the question that is arising today (not only) in Europe. By Luigino Bruni Published on Avvenire  20/12/20 If we want to understand how economic ethics developed through medieval Christianity and ...