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Economics and the Spiritual Life of Free Men

From Spencer Heath's Philosophical & Theological Work

Spencer MacCallum is collecting and editing writings of his grandfather, Spencer Heath. The document linked here is a work-in-progress, and as time goes by it may be replaced with later drafts.

"Economics and the Spiritual Life of Free Men" (formerly titled, "God and Market Reconciled: A Christian Celebration of Freedom through Trade") — the Chapman College talks and selected essays, Heath, Economics, Spirit — W3Working Draft 7-8-16 (pdf)

Spencer Heath, from Wikipedia:

Spencer Heath (Vienna, Virginia 1876, Leesburg, Virginia 1963) was an American engineer, attorney, inventor, manufacturer, horticulturist, poet, philosopher of science and social thinker. A dissenter from Georgist economic views, he pioneered the theory of proprietary governance and community in his book Citadel, Market and Altar. Heath's grandson, Spencer Heath MacCallum, popularized and expounded on his ideas, most notably in his book The Art of Community.

The full Wikipedia article

Spencer MacCallum, on Spencer Heath:

Spencer Heath followed many pursuits in his lifetime, but all held for him a common challenge. Whether as engineer, lawyer, manufacturer, horticulturist, social theorist, philosopher of science, or poet, he liked to stand back in his imagination and ask how that field of activity related to every other field in serving the unfolding human process that is humankind. He was interested in context, process, growth. He was intrigued by novelty, not for its sake alone but to understand it in its functional relation to what had gone before and what might yet be.

In the early decades of the 20th century, Spencer Heath was well known for his pioneering role in the fledgling aviation industry.Spencer Heath followed many pursuits in his lifetime, but all held for him a common challenge. Whether as engineer, lawyer, manufacturer, horticulturist, social theorist, philosopher of science, or poet, he liked to stand back in his imagination and ask how that field of activity related to every other field in serving the unfolding human process that is humankind. He was interested in context, process, growth. He was intrigued by novelty, not for its sake alone but to understand it in its functional relation to what had gone before and what might yet be.

MacCallum's introduction continues and relates much of interest about this fascinating man and his work: Heath, Economics, Spirit — W3Working Draft 7-8-16 (same pdf as linked above)


A note from Spencer, June 13, 2015: "I wrote the attached paragraph to clarify the difference between Heath's approach and that of libertarians: Spencer Heath a Social-ist.pdf

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August 26, 2012; edited/updated September 10, 2016

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