The Values of Economics: An Aristotelian Perspective

The Values of Economics: An Aristotelian Perspective

by Irene van Staveren, Staveren Van
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415241820

ISBN-13: 9780415241823

Pub. Date: 07/10/2001

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

In his Ethics, Aristotle argued that human beings try to further a variety of values by balancing them, stating that people try to find a middle road between excess and deficiency. The author develops and applies this idea to the values of economics, arguing that in the economy; freedom, justice and care are also balanced to further ends with scarce means.

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Overview

In his Ethics, Aristotle argued that human beings try to further a variety of values by balancing them, stating that people try to find a middle road between excess and deficiency. The author develops and applies this idea to the values of economics, arguing that in the economy; freedom, justice and care are also balanced to further ends with scarce means. Freedom is furthered through market exchange, justice through a redistributive role of the state, and care through mutual gifts of labour and sharing of resources in the economy.
The book argues that economics is, and has always been, about human values, which guide, enable, constrain and change economic behaviour.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415241823
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/10/2001
Series:
Economics as Social Theory Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.63(d)
Lexile:
1330L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

1. The Missing Ethical Capabilities of Rational Economic Man 2. Paradoxes of Value 3. Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite 4. Beyond the Highway of Modern Economics 5. Hypotheses on Economic Role Combination 6. Toward an Aristotelian Economics 7. Institutional Mediation Between Value Domains

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