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Briefs, Goetz Anton
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(Jan 1, 1889, Eschweiler– May 16, 1974, Rome) was a sociologist and economist. Beginning in 1913, he taught at the Universities of Freiburg and Würzburg, beginning in 1926, at the Technical University of Berlin. He emigrated to the USA in 1934, was guest professor at the Catholic University in Washington DC until 1937, from them until 1962 (when he became emeritus), professor at Georgetown University there, and from 1938 to 1949, also a guest professor at Columbia University. Influenced by Catholic social teaching, Briefs researched the capitalist economic orde…

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Herms, Eilert, “Briefs, Goetz Anton”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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