The University of St. Thomas

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Logic of Gift Seminar Papers

Logic of Gift Seminar Papers


An Experiential, Scholarly and Pedagogical Examination of Business
in light of Caritas in Veritate

Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace
Piazza San Calisto, 16
Rome (Trastevere)
 February 24-26, 2011

Working Papers Presented

Opening Session

Msgr. Anthony Frontiero, Homily at Opening Mass

Bishop Mario Toso, S.D.B., Welcoming Remarks 

 Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone, Apostolic Blessing

Michael Naughton, What we need to do together

Stefano Zamagni, What does Caritas in Veritate have to say to business?



Session 1

How do businesspeople experience the logic of gift in the firm?


Andreas Widmer, The Profit Obsession


Pierre Lecocq, The Encyclical-Letter Caritas in Veritate: Ethical Challenges for Business


Respondent:  Dean Maines


Session 2

How do business ethicists explicate the tradition’s notion of gift in relation to business theory and practice?


Ken Goodpaster, Goods that are Truly Good and Services that Truly Serve: Reflections on Caritas in Veritate


Rev. Domènec Melé, The Christian Αγα´πη (agápē) and the “Logic of Gift” in Business Ethics


Respondent:  Gilbert Lenssen


Session 3

How do theologians and philosophers explicate the tradition’s notion of gift in relation to business theory and practice?


Jean Staune and Christopher Wasserman, The Notion of Gift and Justice in Economics and Business  


Wolfgang Grassl, Hybrid Forms of Business: The Logic of Gift in the Commercial World


        Respondent:  Ernest Pierucci


Session 4

How do business scholars/economists explicate the tradition’s notion of gift in relation to business theory and practice?


Philippe de Woot, Toward a New Understanding of Business:  Proposals for a New Humanistic Synthesis


Sr. Cécile Renouard, Relational Capitalism: Justice and Gift in Corporate Activities according to Caritas in Veritate


Luigino Bruni, Reciprocity and Gratuitousness in the Market: A Challenge for the Economic Theory


 Respondent:  Sr. Laura Baritz, O.P.


Session 5

What should we do? The Practice of Education, Business and Politics


Robert Kennedy, André Habisch, and Michael Naughton, Catholic Social Principles for Business Professionals and Business Educators


Jérôme Vignon, Caritas in Veritate, Work Still in Progress?


Respondent: Carolyn Woo


Session 6

What should Closing Session: Conclusion and Where to go from here?


Sr. Helen Alford, O.P., Summary and Conclusions


Peter Cardinal Turkson, The Future of Caritas in Veritate and the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace


Papers Accepted but not Presented:

Joseph E. Capizzi, From Individuals to Neighbors to Brothers: An Augustinian Analysis of Caritas in Veritate