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Handbook on the Economics of Reciprocity and Social Enterprise

Handbook on the Economics of Reciprocity and Social Enterprise

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Edited by Luigino Bruni and Stefano Zamagni

The recent era of economic turbulence has generated a growing enthusiasm for an increase in new and original economic insights based around the concepts of reciprocity and social enterprise. This stimulating and thought-provoking Handbook not only encourages and supports this growth, but also emphasises and expands upon new topics and issues within the economics discourse.

Chapter 35: Spiritual humanism and corporate economics

Luk Bouckaert

Subjects: economics and finance, behavioural and experimental economics, economic psychology, public sector economics, politics and public policy, social entrepreneurship, social policy and sociology, economics of social policy


The question ‘What is humanism?’ has many answers in history. In the first section we will explore briefly some of the answers but our aim is to focus on spiritual humanism as a postmodern search for humanity. The second section deals with personalism as a paradigm for spiritual humanism. In the last section I shall apply spiritual humanism to the field of corporate economics by elucidating the notion of spiritual capital.

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