The Franciscan usus pauper as the gateway towards an economy of plenitude

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The Franciscan 'usus pauper' has been a very controversial issue in the thirteenth century religious life. I argue that the issue is connected to another Franciscan issue: the structural difference between the rule and life form, the vow and the evangelical council. And this difference is still running through our present religious and economic life. In this article I elaborate this difference in the perspective of lack versus the perspective of abundance. The latter perspective, which I believe is a genuine Franciscan perspective, produces what I propose to call an aesthetic economy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-205
JournalFranciscan Studies
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventEconomic Justice, Franciscans, and Poverty: Insights and Challenges from Peter of John Olivi - St. Bonaventure, United States
Duration: 12 Jul 201515 Jul 2015



  • franciscans
  • spirituality
  • Economic History

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