I am Paolo Santori, a philosopher at the crossroads between economics and theology. My research interests lie in the history of medieval and modern philosophy, the history of economic thought, the philosophy of economics, and business ethics. Currently, I am studying the philosophical and theological roots of the so-called three economic Enlightenments, i.e., the economic ideas of Adam Smith (Scottish Enlightenment), Immanuel Kant (German Enlightenment), and Antonio Genovesi (Italian Enlightenment). In parallel, I am researching meritocracy, markets, and care ethics.
I am a member of the Economy of Francesco, an international movement of more than 2,000 economists and entrepreneurs. I am the scientific coordinator of the EoF Academy, a group of international academics working for a new economy focusing on including the least advantaged.
I collaborate with the Italian social enterprise Scuola di Economia Civile (School of Civil Economy), and sporadically, I write articles for the Italian newspaper "Avvenire."
I am part of the Happiness Economics and Interpersonal Relations (HEIRS) organization that annually organizes a conference/seminar/workshop on Economics and Philosophy.
Referee/Reviewer: Economics & Philosophy; History of Political Economy; European Journal for the History of Economic Thought; International Review of Economics; Journal of Business Ethics; Business Ethics: A European Review; Journal of Economics, Management and Religion; Philosophy of Management; Oeconomia.
Rotondi, V., & Santori, P. (Eds.). (2023). Rethinking Economics Starting from the Commons: Towards an Economics of Francesco. Springer Nature.
Bruni, L., Santori, P. & Zamagni, S. (2021). Lezioni di Storia del Pensiero Economico. Città Nuova.
Santori, P. (2021). Thomas Aquinas and the Civil Economy Tradition. The Mediterranean Spirit of Capitalism. Routledge.
Santori, P. (2023). Careocracy or isocracy? A feminist alternative to the neoliberal meritocratic discourse. Humanities and Social Sciences Communications, 10(1), 1-9.
Nalli, F., & Santori, P. (2023). The Economic Principle of Political Liberalism: A Comparison of Rawls and Sugden. Review of Political Economy, 35(2), 476-493.
Bruni, L., & Santori, P. (2023). The theological stems of modern economic ideas: John Duns Scotus. The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 1-19.
Santori, P. (2022). Idleness and the Very Sparing Hand of God: The Invisible Tie between Hume’s Dialogues concerning Natural Religion and Smith’s Wealth of Nations. Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 44(2), 246-267.
Rotondi, V., Bruni, L., Crivelli, L., Mancuso, S., & Santori, P. (2022). In praise of the persona economica: listening to plants for a new economic paradigm. Humanities and Social Sciences Communications, 9(1), 1-6.
Santori, P. (2022). Is relationality always other-oriented? Adam Smith, catholic social teaching, and civil economy. Philosophy of Management, 21(1), 49-68.
Bruni, L., & Santori, P. (2022). The other invisible hand. The social and economic effects of theodicy in Vico and Genovesi. The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 29(3), 548-566.
Santori, P. (2021). " Un più segreto legame che non si creda". Genovesi come fonte delle riflessioni economiche rosminiane. Rosmini Studies, (8), 77-87.
Bruni, L., & Santori, P. (2021). The Illusion of Merit and the Demons of Economic Meritocracy: Which are the Legitimate Expectations of the Market?. Journal of Business Ethics, 1-13
Reggiani, T., DeRosa, D., & Santori, P. (2021). “The Community of Advantage”. International Review of Economics, (1).
Santori, P. (2020). Donum, exchange and common good in Aquinas: the dawn of civil economy. The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 27(2), 276-297.
Santori, P. (2019). Was Aquinas a ‘Universal Economist’?. History of Economics Review, 72(1), 79-91.
Santori, P. (2019). The foundation of the right of property: Rosmini as Genovesi’s interpreter. International Review of Economics, 66(4), 353-367.
Bruni, L., & Santori, P. (2018). The plural roots of rewards: awards and incentives in Aquinas and Genovesi. The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 25(4), 637-657.
Book chapters, edited volume
Bruni, L., & Santori, P. (2022). The Adam Smith Problem Theologically Reconsidered. In Theology, Morality and Adam Smith (pp. 258-275). Routledge.
De Rosa, D., Reggiani, T., & Santori, P. (2021). “The Community of Advantage”. International Review of Economics, 1-4.
Santori, P. (2021). ‘Naturaliter homo homini amicus est’: economy, happiness and relationships in Aquinas’ thought. In A Modern Guide to the Economics of Happiness. Edward Elgar Publishing.