Telos and Technos: The Teleology of Economic Activity and the Origins of Markets

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In Telos and Technos, Norman L. Roth breaks out of the strait-jacket of contemporary economic 'paradigms' with a clearly presented systematic remedy for our current economic theory that does not work in the real world of economic truths and consequences. For the first time, the static assumptions that have leeched so much of the credibility out of the dominant "neoclassical" models are put in their place. Truly dynamic concepts of technological time, change in consumer tastes and their measurable impact on the ...
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Overview

In Telos and Technos, Norman L. Roth breaks out of the strait-jacket of contemporary economic 'paradigms' with a clearly presented systematic remedy for our current economic theory that does not work in the real world of economic truths and consequences. For the first time, the static assumptions that have leeched so much of the credibility out of the dominant "neoclassical" models are put in their place. Truly dynamic concepts of technological time, change in consumer tastes and their measurable impact on the natural environment that must sustain us, are integrated into an interactive system of economic thought. This economic analysis and solution asks: "What are the causes of work?" How do they explain the official statistics of employment, unemployment, and labor participation? The assumption that full employment equilibrium is the natural state towards which an economy gravitates is jettisoned in favor of a far more realistic explanation of how a society really creates jobs. Serious limitations are revealed about our conceit that modern complex economics can be forced into "gyroscopic" stability by simply pressing the right buttons marked "interest rates" and "money-supply." Roth offers a vital and hopeful message to those who fear that modern economics has lost its way as a practical guide to modern society.
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Journal of Economic Literature, (Vol 45, No. 1) - March 2008
Explores how telos- the goals and ends of economic activity- interacts with technos- the instinct of workmanship- in the feedback relationship of economic life in order to form the market.
Journal of Economic Literature, March 2008 (Vol 45, No. 1) - .
Explores how telos- the goals and ends of economic activity- interacts with technos- the instinct of workmanship- in the feedback relationship of economic life in order to form the market.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761838470
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 10/7/2007
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Norman L. Roth is a native of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is a graduate of Queen's University Kingston in Ontario. He has worked in both the Federal and municipal levels of government, and has an ongoing and instructive career in the transportation technology industry, which led to commercially significant U.S. patents in "all-weather" control systems for Diesel power plants.
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Table of Contents

Part 1 Acknowledgements Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 Telos and the Current Conception of the Standard of Life Chapter 4 Technos, Technological Time, or the Promethean Imperative Chapter 5 Macro-Economic Consequences – Quantity of Work, Employment, and Income Levels Chapter 6 Capital Chapter 7 A Summing Up: Implications for Further Consideration Part 8 Bibliography Part 9 About the Author
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