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Rousseau's Economic Philosophy: Beyond the Market of Innocents
     

Rousseau's Economic Philosophy: Beyond the Market of Innocents

by Bertil Friden
 

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An increasing body of literature concerns the economics of those highly appreciated qualities of life that are not easily provided by market exchange. Today these problems are visible like never before, like in the environmental problems. Rousseau originally observed these problems; his philosophy attempts to consider phenomena later labeled information asymmetries

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An increasing body of literature concerns the economics of those highly appreciated qualities of life that are not easily provided by market exchange. Today these problems are visible like never before, like in the environmental problems. Rousseau originally observed these problems; his philosophy attempts to consider phenomena later labeled information asymmetries and information costs, bargaining, collective good problems. Some of Rousseauis most puzzling social proposals (on theatre, women, music etc.) can be explained by his well-argued conviction that optimal economy demands a high social morale, a communicative morale. He develops a concept of richness that is close to the Aristotelian capability-concept, later explored by Amartya Sen. Rousseauis economic philosophy has not been treated monographically before. The book should be rewarding to those interested in social theory, the history of social and economic thought, problems at the margins of market exchange e.g. cultural economics, environmental economics, students of Rousseau and the thought of the 18th century, welfare economic theory in the direction of Arrow or Sen, Poanyiis and othersi theses about the transition from selfsufficiency to market.

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Examines Rousseau's statements on the economy that take into account those highly appreciated qualities of life that are not easily provided by market exchange. It discusses how his philosophy attempts to consider phenomena later labeled information asymmetries and costs, bargaining, and collective good problems, and how some of his most puzzling social proposals (on theater, women, music, etc.) can be explained by his well-argued conviction that an optimal economy demands a high social and communicative morale. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789401062282
Publisher:
Springer Netherlands
Publication date:
12/31/2013
Series:
International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d'histoire des idees Series , #159
Edition description:
Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1998
Pages:
172
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)

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