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John C. Seitz and Christine Firer Hinze

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780823288359

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823288359.001.0001

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An Integral Ecology as the Ground for Good Business

An Integral Ecology as the Ground for Good Business

Connecting Institutional Life in Light of Catholic Social Teachings

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(p.45) An Integral Ecology as the Ground for Good Business
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Working Alternatives
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Michael Naughton

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823288359.003.0003

Integral ecology is an increasingly important term in Catholic social teaching. This paper brings this term in relation to business drawing upon the integral relationship between human and natural ecology. Pope Francis and his two predecessors believe that the current ecological conversation can increase our sensitivity to our impact on the natural environment as well as help us to rediscover the moral and spiritual consciousness of humannature and development that has been weakened and disordered in the wider culture. An integral ecology can enlarge our notion of the good, especially the good in business. Without the cultural and environmental insights from an integral ecology that has the capacity to provide deep moral and spiritual roots, business will always be prone to see itself within its own autonomous and utilitarian sphere failing to connect to the natural and human realities in which it is embedded.

Keywords:   business ethics, Catholic social teachings, culture, family, human ecology, institutions, integral ecology, subsidiarity, wealth distribution

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