Emerging Argentine Economic Philosopher to receive 2008 Novak Award


Dr. Hoevel

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Feb. 7, 2008 – Argentine author and professor Dr. Carlos Hoevel is the winner of the Acton Institute’s 2008 Novak Award.

Dr. Hoevel received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina (UCA) in 2006 and his Master of Arts from the University of Chicago in 1997, where he studied under Professor Leon Kass, the former Chair of the President’s Council on Bioethics. Dr. Hoevel is Professor of the History and Philosophy of Economics at the Department of Economics of the UCA and Professor of Social Philosophy at the St. Thomas Aquinas University of Argentina. He has also been a Fulbright, Archibald Fund, Templeton Foundation, and University of Chicago Fellow, and lectured at universities in Italy, Spain, and Belgium.

Dr. Hoevel’s main research areas are the philosophy of economics, social philosophy, and the economic thought of Antonio Rosmini. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on many topics including Rosmini’s economic and social philosophy, ethical issues in economics, business ethics, the nature and limits of markets, poverty, education and the relationship between the economy, culture and religion in Latin America. Dr. Hoevel is currently preparing the book The Philosophy of the Economy of Antonio Rosmini, which will be published in Italy, Argentina and the United States.

Dr. Hoevel is also the director of the Center of Studies in Economy and Culture as well as the Journal of Economic Culture of the UCA. He is a board member of the Argentine edition of Communio, the Peruvian Journal Persona y Cultura, and the Association of Latin American Philosophy and Social Sciences.

Named after distinguished American theologian and social philosopher Michael Novak, the Novak Award rewards new outstanding research by scholars early in their academic careers who demonstrate outstanding intellectual merit in advancing the understanding of theology's connection to human dignity, the importance of limited government, religious liberty, and economic freedom. Recipients of the Novak Award make a formal presentation on such questions at an annual public forum known as the Calihan Lecture. The Novak Award comes with a $10,000 prize.

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