Economy and Communion vis-avis with the Crisis

A Course on Institutions of Civil Economy for First Year Students 

To revisit the thought of the main scholars of the civil economy tradition, in relation to the new challenges that the modern world is presenting to the economy: this is the program for the course on “Institutions of Civil Economy and of Communion,” taught by Prof. Luigino Bruni, which begins on 21 February, 2012, and that constutites one of the points of excellence of the academic programs offered by the IUS. 
Throughout the semester, the student also will gain the theoretical foundation to know, within the larger context of civil economy, the experience of the Economy of Communion, an innotive “business sector” that today is pulling together companies operating worldwide that direct their productive activities to strengthening a global horizon of greater solidarity among individuals and peoples.
The objective of the program, for First Year Students who are in the degree program of “Foundations and Perspectives for a Culture of Unity,” is not to deepen secondary profiles in the complex picture of the international economic and financial crisis. It is altogether another: “We are very far from attributing to the perspective of civil economy, as often happens, only a residual character”: so clarified Prof. Bruni, who is a tenured professor of Economy at the Univeristy of Bicocca of Milan, in addition to being the international coordinator of the Project of the Economy of Communion. He went on: “In order to understand the novelty that is emerging, it is indispensable to possess the fundamental elements of economics. For this reason, the course places particular emphasis on historical, anthropological and methodological aspects of our discipline.”
The program above all introduces one to the economic thinking of the 18th century, which contains contributions from theorists such as Antonio Genovesi and Alfonso Dragonetti. Dragonetti, just to give an example, was the one who developed the thinking in the juridical realm which is now known as the doctrine of virtues and rewards. On this basis, without fearing traversing on the turf of other disciplines, such as the history of philosphy in the West, the course proposes to understand the significance and the influence of a social conduct  qualified by agape on the social and economic dynamics.
Going back to game theory, Bruni suggests an interpretation of human relations that is still little explored, in which the good of each individual grows by seeking the good of the other, in a different direction than that followed by other currents of thought which use a rigid individualistic approach to study social interactions.

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