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‘Catholic in its faith, Catholic in its manner of conceiving science’: French Catholic political economy in the 1830s

Antonio Almodovar () and Pedro Teixeira

The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 2012, vol. 19, issue 2, 197-225

Abstract: This paper addresses a group of Catholic political economists in France in the 1830s, which was described by the Dublin Review as ‘Catholic in its faith, and Catholic in its manner of conceiving science’. A first section clarifies how contemporaries perceived this group. This is followed by an analysis of Villeneuve-Bargemont's Economie politique Chrétienne in order to outline a standard Catholic approach to political economy. Finally, that standard is used to chart the work of other Catholic economists within that group and to contrast it with the approach followed by other contemporary social political economists.

Date: 2012
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