Bio

Hello, I am Paolo Santori, a philosopher working at the crossroads between Economic Thought and Theology. My academic background includes bachelor's and master's degrees in Philosophy at Tor Vergata University (Rome), a Ph.D. in Sciences of Civil Economy at Lumsa University (Rome), a research grant from Centro Universitario Cattolico (Rome). I was visiting student at the University of Kent and visiting scholar at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Currently, I am a Teacher in the Department of Philosophy at Tilburg University. 

I follow two main research patterns. On the one hand, I am interested in the philosophical and theological roots of modern schools of economic thought (Civil Economy, Political Economy). On the other hand, I am doing research in Economics and Philosophy on topics such as political liberalism, markets and meritocracy, the moral limits and justification of the market, ethics of care. 

Courses

Collaboration

I am a member of the Economy of Francesco, an international movement of more than 2000 economists and entrepreneurs. There, I coordinate the online webinar series "Economy of Francesco School".  

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 every year organizes a conference/seminar/workshop on topics related to Economics, Philosophy and Theology.

Referee/Reviewer: European Journal for the History of Economic Thought (EJHET), International Review of Economics (IREC), Journal of Business Ethics (JBE), Business Ethics: A European Review (BEER); Journal of Economics, Management and Religion (JEMAR); Philosophy of Management (PHOM); Regional Science, Policy and Practice.

 

Highlights

Books

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.

 

Peer-reviewed publications

Nalli, F., & Santori, P. (2021). The Economic Principle of Political Liberalism: A Comparison of Rawls and Sugden. Review of Political Economy, 1-18.

Santori, Paolo. "Is Relationality Always Other-Oriented? Adam Smith, Catholic Social Teaching, and Civil Economy." Philosophy of Management (2021): 1-20.

Santori, P. (2021). Idleness and the Very Sparing Hand of God: The invisible tie between Hume’s" Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion" and Smith’s" Wealth of Nations". OSF Preprints (Forthcoming in the Journal of the History of Economic Thought).

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.

Santori, P. (2020). Donum, exchange and common good in Aquinas: the dawn of civil economy. The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought27(2), 276-297.

Santori, P. (2019). The foundation of the right of property: Rosmini as Genovesi’s interpreter. International Review of Economics66(4), 353-367.

Santori, P. (2019). Was Aquinas a ‘Universal Economist’?. History of Economics Review72(1), 79-91.

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 Thought25(4), 637-657.

 

Book chapters, edited volume

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.

 

Working papers

 

Santori, P. Meritocracy and Careocracy: Beyond Ideologies Toward an Isocratic Narrative of Social Life. Feminist Economics. Under Review.

Bruni, L. & Santori, P. The Other Invisible Hand. The Social and Economic Effects of Theodicy in Vico and Genovesi. The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought. Under Review.

Bruni, L. & Santori, P. Theological Voluntarism and the Invisible Hand. From Duns Scotus to Smith via Calvin. History of Political Economy. Under Review.

Bruni, L,, Reggiani, T,, Santori, P. & Smerilli, A. The Gnostic Pandemic Eclipse of Community and the Virtual Worship at the Time of covid19. Working paper.

Limata, P. & Santori, P.  Is Platform Economy the new Rentier Capitalism? Actualising Achille Loria’s analysis on rent and its elision.  Economy and Society. Under Review.

Mandolesi, G. & Santori, P. The Forgotten Problem: The impact of rents on the economic system according to Italian economists from the 18th to 19th centuries. International Review of Economics . Under Review.

Santori, P. A bond more secret than we imagine. Genovesi as a source for Rosmini’s economic reflections” Rosmini Studies. Forthcoming

 

 

Recent publications

  1. The Illusion of Merit and the Demons of Economic Meritocracy - Which …

    Bruni, L., & Santori, P. (2022). The Illusion of Merit and the Demons of Economic Meritocracy: Which are the Legitimate Expectations of the Market? Journal of Business Ethics, 176, 415–427.
  2. The other invisible hand. The social and economic effects of theodicy…

    Bruni, L., & Santori, P. (2022). The other invisible hand. The social and economic effects of theodicy in Vico and Genovesi. European Journal of the History of Economic Thought.
  3. In praise of the persona economica - listening to plants for a new ec…

    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 & social sciences communications, 9(1), [288].
  4. Idleness and the Very Sparing Hand of God - The invisible tie between…

    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. https://osf.io/r2uje/
  5. Is Relationality Always Other-Oriented? Adam Smith, Catholic Social T…

    Santori, P. (2022). Is Relationality Always Other-Oriented? Adam Smith, Catholic Social Teaching, and Civil Economy. Philosophy of management, 21, 49–68.

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