Thomism and Economics

Thomism and Economics


March 11, 2024 16:30-19:00

Pontifical University St Thomas Aquinas
Faculty of Social Sciences
Largo Angelicum 1, Roma
Classroom XI





16.30 Welcome and introduction

16.35 The Economic Thought of Thomas Aquinas: from Theological Issues and a Philosophical Framework to an Economic UnderstandingPierre Januard, OP

17.15 Respondents:

  • Philip Neri Reese, OP (Professor in the Faculty of Philosophy)
  • Stefano Menghinello (Professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences)

17.35 Homo Thomistica and Homo Oeconomicus: on Economic FreedomAlbino Barrera, OP

18.15 Respondents:

  • Catherine Joseph Droste, OP (Professor in the Faculty of Theology)
  • Cristiano Colombi (Professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences)

18.35 Discussion with the audience

19.00 Conclusions and aperitif



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Pierre Januard, OP
Pierre Januard is a French Dominican. He teaches economics at the Catholic University of Angers and at the Sorbonne in Paris, where he is completing a postdoc. He defended his PhD in economics in 2022 on the risk in the early works of Thomas Aquinas and has published around ten articles on the economic thought of Thomas Aquinas. He also works with financial companies specialising in ethical and sustainable finance. At the same time, he continues to teach fundamental and dogmatic theology.


Albino Barrera is Professor of Economics and Theology at Providence College (RI, USA). He is a friar of the St Joseph Province (New York) of the Order of Preachers. His research interests are economic ethics and the Church’s poverty alleviation work. He has taught Development Economics, International Trade, Catholic Social Thought, and Theological Ethics for Business and Economics, among other courses. His most recent book is Compassion-Justice Conflicts and Christian Ethics (Cambridge, November 2023). He is the lead editor of the Oxford Handbook of Religion and Economic Ethics (Oxford, February 2024).