Carmine Gorga

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Carmine Gorga
Born (1935-12-08) December 8, 1935 (age 84)
Roccadaspide, Italy
Nationality Italian, American
School or tradition
Aristotelian/Aquinian economics
Alma mater University of Naples
Influences J. M. Keynes, Franco Modigliani, Joseph Kaipayil
Contributions Relationalism

Carmine Gorga (Italian: [ˈkar’meeŋɛ gorga]; December 8, 1935) is an Italian political scientist naturalized American working as President of The Somist Institute.[1]

Life and career

Born in Roccadaspide (Salerno), Gorga left Italy to continue his study of The Political Thought of Louis D. Brandeis,[2] the subject of his PhD dissertation at the University of Naples[3] in 1959. This work earned him a Council of Europe Scholarship[4] that led him to the Bologna Center of the Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in 1961 and the following year, thanks to a Fulbright Scholarship, to the Johns Hopkins’ SAIS in Washington, DC, where he received an MA in International Relations. Among other positions, he is currently the president of The Somist Institute.[5] He married Joan R. Mohr in 1969; they have one son, Jonathan. He is a Third Order Carmelite.


In 1963-1965, Gorga was an Economist and Marketing Analyst for A.C. Nielsen in Milan, Italy. He later did academic research at Brandeis University. After moving to United States, Carmine was City Planner for Community Planning Services in Boston, Massachusetts and Director of Planning and Economic Development for Action Inc. in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Gorga also worked for the U.S. Department of Commerce Gloucester Laboratory of the National Marine Fisheries Service and is the executive director of Gloucester Community Development Corporation. Gorga is also the current president of The Somist Institute.[6]


Carmine Gorga earned his Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Naples, Italy in 1959 and earned a diploma in International Relations, Bologna Center of the Johns Hopkins University in 1961. Gorga also earned an MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins' School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C., 1962.[7]

Selected bibliography

Listed below is a compilation of a portion of Carmine Gorga's work over the last fifty years.


•Gorga, Carmine (2002 and 2010).The economic process: An instantaneous non-Newtonian Picture. Lanham, Md. and Oxford: University Press of America.[8]

•Gorga, Carmine (2008).To My Polis, With Love: May Gloucester Show the World the Ways of Frugality, Gloucester, MA: The Somist Institute.[9]

•Gorga, Carmine (2014).A Case for God: In Search of a Humanism Filled with True Human Beings, Gloucester, MA: The Somist Institute.[10]

Journal articles

•Gorga, Carmine (2008). “Economics for Physicists and Ecologists,” Transactions on Advanced Research, Vol. 4 (1) 6-9.[11]

•Gorga, Carmine (2009). “Concordian Economics: Tools to Return Relevance to Economics,” Forum for Social Economics, vol. 38, issue 1, pages 53–69.[12]

•Gorga, Carmine (2012). "Beyond Keynes….. Toward Concordian Econometrics", International Journal of Applied Economics and Econometrics, Part III of the Special Issue on J.M. Keynes, Vol. 20, No. 1, pp. 248–277.[13]

•Gorga, Carmine (2012). “Reconciling Keynes and Hayek through Concordian Economics: A Revolution from the Center”, International Journal of Applied Economics and Econometrics, Part V of the Special Issue on J.M. Keynes, Vol. 20, No. 3, pp. 358–387.[14]

•Gorga, Carmine (2015). “Economics of Morality: Economics of Moses, Economics of Jesus,” Mother Pelican, Vol. 11, No. 4.[15]

•Gorga, Carmine (2015). “Economics of Sentimentality: From Aristotelian Economic Justice to Modern Social Justice,” Mother Pelican, Vol. 11, No. 4.[16]

Monetary policy

•Gorga, Carmine (2013). “A Three-Part Proposal for Investing Hoarded Cash,” The Catholic Social Science Review, 18: 261–263.[17]

Legal affairs

•Gorga, Carmine (1994). "Four Economic Rights: Social Renewal Through Economic Justice for All”, Social Justice Review, 85 (1-2) 3-6.[18]

•Gorga, Carmine (1999). "Toward the Definition of Economic Rights,” The Journal of Markets and Morality, II (1) 88-101, reprinted in 2014 with a new introduction and postscript by Mother Pelican Vol. 10, No. 12.[19]

•Gorga, Carmine (2010). “Roots of Property Laws: From the moral contract to the social contract. Is the legal contract next?” [20]

Political affairs

•Gorga, Carmine (1991). "Bold New Directions in Politics and Economics,” The Human Economy Newsletter, 12 (1) 3-6, 12.[21]

•Gorga, Carmine (2014). “Somism: Beyond Individualism and Collectivism Toward a World of Peace and Justice,” Mother Pelican, Vol. 10, No. 11.[22]

•Gorga, Carmine (2015). “Why the Opposition to Laudato Si’?” Mother Pelican, Vol. 11, No. 8.[23]

Multidisciplinary studies

Gorga, Carmine (2012). "From Rationalism to Relationalism: As in the Transformation of a Line into a Sphere".[24]

Book Reviews

Review of "Trade, Development, and Social Justice" by Raj Bhala, The Journal of Markets and Morality, Fall 2004, 7 (2) 567-570.[25]

Review of "Frugality: Rebalancing Material and Spiritual Values in Economic Life" edited by Luk Bouckaert, Hendrik Opdebeeck, and Laszlo Zsolnay. The Journal of Markets and Morality, Fall 2008, 11 (2) 325-328.[26]


External links

See also


  2. Gorga undertook this study at the suggestion of Professor Vittorio de Caprariis.
  3. The University of Naples is the university of Thomas Aquinas, Giambattista Vico, and Benedetto Croce
  4. The awarding committee was composed of Professors Aldo Garosci, Giorgio Spini, and Ambassador Alberto Tarchiani.
  5. Gorga, Carmine. "About Me." Web log post. Blogger. N.p., July 2011. Web.