On September 1, 2018, at 8:00 pm, prof. Martín Carbajo Núñez, OFM, will give a conference in the city of Maxicali, av. Uxmal 2300, (Mexico), on the subject: "Faith and economic science. The Franciscan contribution versus Max Weber's thesis
". Prof. Carbajo will also bpresent his latest book: "A Free and Fraternal Economy." The Franciscan Perspective
, Media House, Delhi 2018 ", which already has five editions in four languages, and some more ito come.
Prof. Carbajo will analyze the Franciscan contribution to the process of rationalization that, according to Max Weber, is a key factor in Modernity and a salient feature of the current economy. Rationalization consists in setting goals well and methodically applying the most effective means. This rational way of facing practical problems, especially in the field of economics, would have favored the consolidation of the “spirit of capitalism”. In this process, Weber attributes an important role to the 16th
century Protestant Reformation, especially Calvinism. Prof. Carbajo will underline that the remarkable contribution that the Franciscan friars made to rationalization from the thirteenth to the fifteenth centuries contradicts these affirmations and shows the importance of the Franciscan intellectual tradition in the formation of modern culture.