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Икономическият морализъм на Бенджамин Франклин и духът на американския капитализъм
Benjamin Franklin's Economic Moralism and the Spirit of American Capitalism

Author(s): Ani Dimitrova
Subject(s): Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Ethics / Practical Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Early Modern Philosophy
Published by: Институт по философия и социология при БАН
Keywords: Virtues; Benjamin Franklin; moral concepts

Summary/Abstract: Benjamin Franklin brought forward the principles of natural law and morality as the main element in judging the particular acts of human behavior and which of his actions are right or wrong, good or harmful to others around them. His view of democratic citizenship is at the heart of creating a democratic society in which questions of the citizenship, the federalism, the constitutional government, the role of civil association, and religious freedom are freely debated. He introduced the rationality in the actions, and the skepticism in planning and implementation, not only in politics but also in life as at the base of the pyramid of prescriptions stand virtues as a manifestation of high intelligence. He was the statesman at the heart of the formation of the young American nation's mentality, and some of his thoughts gave rise to the most powerful economy in the world. For many, Franklin is in many ways an exceptional historiographical case, encompassing the global emergence of political economy and at the same time codifying a typically capitalist ethos.

  • Issue Year: XXXII/2023
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 52-68
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Bulgarian
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