Autor: Alberto Rabilotta / Alainet.org translated by Jordan Bishop

At the end of the 1920s, the economist Karl Polanyi wrote that it is necessary to transcend the individual Christian ethic, to recognize the reality of society, the ultimate and insuperable nature of society, and to acquire consciousness of this insuperable character (1).

In a recent article (2) the theologian and philosopher Leonardo Boff underlines some of the positions of Pope Francis in the Pontifical Exhortation and notes that there is a perceptible affinity with the thought of Karl Polanyi. In effect, reading what the Pope has written, and knowing something of the work of Polanyi, whether by accident or by design, this affinity exists.


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