The Franciscan contribution to the process of rationalization and the thesis of Max Weber

This article analyzes the Franciscan contribution to the process of rationalization. Max Weber affirms that this process is a key factor of Modernity and a salient feature of modern economics. The rational way of facing practical problems, especially in the field of economics, would have favored the...

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Published in:Verdad y vida
Main Author: Carbajo Núñez, Martín 1958-
Format: Print Article
Language:English
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Published: [2018]
In:Verdad y vida
Year: 2018, Volume: 76, Issue: 272, Pages: 11-33
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Summary:This article analyzes the Franciscan contribution to the process of rationalization. Max Weber affirms that this process is a key factor of Modernity and a salient feature of modern economics. The rational way of facing practical problems, especially in the field of economics, would have favored the consolidation of the spirit of Capitalism. According to Weber, the 16th century Protestant Reformation, especially Calvinism, had a decisive role in this, something that has never been observed among Catholics. However, this article presents important Franciscan contributions in the previous centuries, thus contradicting Weber’s affirmations. At the same time, this contribution shows the importance of the Franciscan intellectual tradition in the formation of Modern culture.
Questo articolo analizza il contributo dei Francescani al processo di razionalizzazione. Questo processo, secondo Max Weber, sarebbe la chiave della modernità e dell'economia attuale. Il modo razionale di affrontare i problemi pratici nel campo economico avrebbe favorito il consolidamento del “spirito del capitalismo” e, in questo, Weber attribuisce un ruolo decisivo alla Riforma protestante del XVI secolo, principalmente al calvinismo, e sostiene che questo tipo di razionalizzazione mai si era visto tra i cattolici. Il notevole contributo dei Francescani, iniziato nei secoli precedenti, contraddice queste affermazioni e mostra l'importanza della tradizione intellettuale francescana nella formazione della cultura moderna.
Item Description:Key words: Franciscanism, science, rationalization, Modernity, Max Weber
ISSN:0042-3718
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