Title
Au nom de Dieu et du profit : le profit équitable selon Jan van Boendale Au nom de Dieu et du profit : le profit équitable selon Jan van Boendale
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Arts. History
Publication type
article
Publication
Bruxelles ,
Subject
Art
History
Source (journal)
Le moyen âge: revue d'histoire et de philologie. - Bruxelles
Volume/pages
120(2014) :3-4 , p. 611-+
ISSN
0027-2841
ISI
000354660200001
Carrier
E
Target language
French (fre)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Historical research on what a just price should be has focused mainly on late medieval theological texts. However, in laic literature too, notions of the just price can be detected without the concept itself being mentioned. Instead of talking about the just price, Jan van Boendale asks questions about what a fair profit would be. Just like producing, the buying and selling of goods were a way of labouring that ought to be well rewarded, especially since it was in the common interest of the city. The pursuit of profit and the gathering of richness formed no ethical problem for this fourteenth-century Antwerp city clerk. Problems only arose when the greedy desire to gain more and more started to dominate consciousness and stimulated merchants or guild masters to start cheating. In response, Boendale stressed the stoic virtue of moderation as a remedy against greed. Still, this was not only a matter of achieving an honest profit. One also had to be moderate when giving alms, which was a reaction against popular preachers who overemphasised the state of sinfulness in which people lived.
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