Philosophia Reformata 78 (2):124-143 (2013)

The first decades of the twentieth century saw the emergence of Calvinist economics in the Netherlands. This clearly normative approach to economics was inspired by Abraham Kuyper and was criticized by mainstream economists from the outset. It would eventually disappear under pressure of positive economics, but survived until at least the middle of the century. Calvinist economics itself was highly critical of classical economics and, unlike the neo-classical school, strove after an entire reformation of economic thought. Calvinists writers like T. de Vries, P. A. Diepenhorst, J. A. Nederbragt and J. Ridder did not constitute a school of economic thought, but nevertheless shared some fundamental ideas such as the influence of world views on economics, the existence of divine ordinances for the economic domain, and the central place of man in God’s plan for the economy. In this article, I describe the rise, sources of inspiration, fundamentals, aim and methodology of Calvinist economics. Although the perspective of this article is historical, this episode from the history of economic thought may inform us about the relationship between Christianity and the science of economics as well as that between economics and the economic crisis.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1163/22116117-90000548
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 65,587
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Bernard Mandeville and the 'Economy' of the Dutch.Alexander Bick - 2008 - Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics 1 (1):87-106.
Religionis Causa.Joris van Eijnatten - 2006 - Journal of Religious Ethics 34 (4):609-635.
Language and Moral Justification in Pre-Reformation Philosophy.Mark Painter - 2001 - Journal of Philosophical Research 26:399-421.
Citizen of Geneva: Calvinist Themes in Rousseau's Political Thought.Pamela Ann Mason - 1990 - Dissertation, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Added to PP index

Total views
8 ( #988,058 of 2,461,974 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #448,803 of 2,461,974 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes