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Justice As Virtue In An Economic Context

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The work of this chapter is that of synthesizing Luis de Molina ideas about justice. It presents Molina's general overview on justice as he presented it in the first treatise, and highlights the elements of justice that appear in Molina's discussion of particular topics related to justice from which we can draw inspiration. The basic metaphor of the body allowed Molina not only to talk about justice in relation to economics; it also allowed him to deal with another Christian virtue, namely charity, in relation to economics. Molina followed the general Christian warnings against greed, but was able to perceive the changing social meaning of money, drawing from Aquinas, but also from the nominalists who had written extensively on usury, prices and money exchange. The chapter then discusses the importance of law, and prudence, in Molina's ideas about justice.

Keywords: charity; Christian virtue; economics; justice; Luis de Molina; money



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