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BB&T Center for the Study of the Moral Foundations of Capitalism

Welcome to the BB&T Center for the Study of Moral Foundations of Capitalism

Founded in the Fall of 2010 with a generous grant from the BB&T Foundation, the BB&T Center for the Study of the Moral Foundations of Capitalism advances current dialogue in business ethics, the role of the public sector in a capitalist economy, and the vibrancy of free market capitalism. The Center is located in the Richard J. Bolte, Sr. School of Business at Mount St. Mary’s University and promotes student, faculty, community, and corporate discussions about the political, social, and economic strengths and challenges inherent in capitalism.

As a distinct contribution to the academy broadly, and flowing from the Mount’s Catholic mission, the Center’s main focus is to explore how assumptions about the human condition—particularly the capacity for free, rational, creative action—shape theoretical and moral reflection in economics, business, and in social theory about economic phenomena. Behind the problem of economic freedom, is the deeper problem of human freedom in the first place. The BB&T Center thus uses the context of economic freedom to highlight the richness of the human condition.

The BB&T Center: What does it take to be free?

Recent and Upcoming Events

December 5, 2016

The Challenge of Ayn Rand, The Consistent Materialist: If there is Nothing but Matter, There is no Moral Order of the Universe That Can Require a Person To Sacrifice for Another. John Larrivee

September 9, 2016

BB&T Community Lecture Series: Economic, Political, and Social Implications of Population Growth and Collapse in the 21st Century. Nicholas Eberstadt.



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