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Philosophy of the EconomyThe Economic

Philosophy of the Economy: The Economic [This chapter discusses the deep meaning of economic matters, or “the economy”, from a philosophical standpoint, exploring (1) a metaphoric or improper meaning: human beings are “economic” insofar as they have needs that they can satisfy using material means; (2) a proper, broad meaning: all decisions and actions geared to the acquisition and use of the goods that satisfy human needs are economic; (3) a proper, precise meaning: the maximizing character of the use of means in order to achieve ends with those decisions and actions is specifically economic. Some other characteristics of “the economic” are pointed out: its free, uncertain, and temporal nature; its subjective character, and its social immersion.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

Philosophy of the EconomyThe Economic

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Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright
© The Author(s) 2013
ISBN
978-3-319-02647-3
Pages
17 –29
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-02648-0_2
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Abstract

[This chapter discusses the deep meaning of economic matters, or “the economy”, from a philosophical standpoint, exploring (1) a metaphoric or improper meaning: human beings are “economic” insofar as they have needs that they can satisfy using material means; (2) a proper, broad meaning: all decisions and actions geared to the acquisition and use of the goods that satisfy human needs are economic; (3) a proper, precise meaning: the maximizing character of the use of means in order to achieve ends with those decisions and actions is specifically economic. Some other characteristics of “the economic” are pointed out: its free, uncertain, and temporal nature; its subjective character, and its social immersion.]

Published: Nov 28, 2013

Keywords: Notion of economy; Aristotle’s economic thought

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