The Future of Economics and Human Dignity: Economic and Theological Perspectives on the Meaning of ‘Wealth’ and ‘Poverty’
12 Pages Posted: 16 Jun 2017 Last revised: 25 Jun 2017
Date Written: April 29, 2016
Human dignity is a concept which can hardly be confined to a unique field of inquiry, or be analyzed from a restricted scientific approach. In this paper I would like to approach the idea of human dignity through the lenses of economics and religion. The word “dignity” has wide and multiple applications, ranging in meaning from the concepts of freedom, reaching economic level by applying the idea of a welfare concept or feeling decent. Although, the term of dignity is not likely to be reduced to the economic arena, this paper draws attention—although not exclusively—to the terms of poverty and wealth. Poverty is generally regarded as important to human dignity, but what can be said about wealth? Considering the meaning of “poverty” and “wealth” in relation to human dignity, this research uses a general theological approach from the perspective of the Bible.
Keywords: human dignity, economics, ethics, future, morality, human rights
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