Franz Hinkelammert

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Franz Josef Hinkelammert (born 1931)[1] is a German-born theologian and economist, an influential theorist of liberation theology who writes theological critiques of capitalism. He is one of the co-founders of the influential Departamento Ecuménico de Investigaciones in San José, Costa Rica, along with Hugo Assmann and Pablo Richard.

He holds a doctorate in economics from the Free University of Berlin. He served on the faculty of the Catholic University of Chile from 1963 to 1973. After the Pinochet coup, he went to the Departmento Ecuménico de Investigaciones in San José, Costa Rica. He has written extensively and critically about the neoliberal economic model, anti-utopian and anti-socialist views within religion and politics as well as the syncretism of Marxism and Christianity. His criticisms include those of the economists Milton Friedman, Friedrich Hayek as well as the philosopher Karl Popper.