Skip to main content
Article
Moral philosophy and economics: the formation of François Huet’s doctrine of property rights
European Journal of the History of Economic Thought (1999)
  • John Cunliffe
  • Guido Erreygers, University of Antwerp
Abstract
François Huet (1814-1869), professor of philosophy at the University of Ghent, is known for his attempt to reconcile Christianity with socialism in *Le Règne Social du Christianisme* (1853). The book clearly belongs to a distinctively Belgian tradition of ‘liberal socialism’. We try to clarify the origins of Huet’s theory of property rights. We focus on two intimately related questions: (1) Have the core ideas formulated by Huet in *Le Règne* been expressed and eventually discussed before the publication of the book? (2) In what sense have reflections upon the science of economics contributed to Huet’s views? Our paper relies heavily upon archival material conserved in the Central Library of the University of Ghent.
Keywords
  • liberal socialism,
  • property rights,
  • inheritance,
  • Christian socialism,
  • François Huet
Disciplines
Publication Date
December, 1999
Citation Information
John Cunliffe and Guido Erreygers. "Moral philosophy and economics: the formation of François Huet’s doctrine of property rights" European Journal of the History of Economic Thought Vol. 6 Iss. 4 (1999)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/guido_erreygers/4/