Ethical Dimensions of the Economy: Making Use of Hegel and the Concepts of Public and Merit Goods

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Springer Science & Business Media, 19/03/2008 - 304 páginas
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Overview This book is a philosophical reflection (using mainly Hegel, in addition to 1 Adam Smith, Kant, Marx and Catholic Social Thought) about the soc- political dimension of economics. In it I both agree and disagree with the slogan that “the least government is the best government. ” I agree with the slogan, in particular as it applies to the economic domain. Adam Smith taught us that rational and self-interested individuals, left by themselves, create a more efficient and reliable economic system than one in which the government has a heavy role as was the case in his time with the merc- tile system (Smith, 14, 651). Ludwig von Mises demonstrated the same idea for the communist command economy (Hayek 1935, 87–130). I d- agree with the above mentioned slogan if it is interpreted as suggesting that we can best forget about the role of the government for a good functioning economy. Instead, I will argue that the government has an important fu- tion in creating the proper regulations and the wise institutional arran- ments which will allow the economy to flourish in a more efficient, fair and humane way. This book is interdisciplinary in nature. It is a philosophical and ethical reflection on economics. Hence, I make use of philosophical ideas, often but not exclusively those of Hegel. I reflect philosophically on economic concepts.
 

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Unjust Redistribution in the American System 181 I An Opportunity for Collective Gains 181 A An Argument Based on Expected Dollar Gains 181 ...
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Introduction 1 Overview 1 Part I Normative Reflections on the Economy 13 Section I Multiple Discourses on the Economy 15 1 The Interconnectio...
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A Human Not a Natural Institution 71 I Adam Smiths Ontology of the Economy 71 II The Function of Property 72 III The NeoLiberal Economic Ph...
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Conclusion
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Objecting to a Libertarian Attack on Governmental Functions
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Ideal Concept as Are the Concepts of Private and Merit Good 119 III In Search of a Definition 126 A An Enumeration of the Characteristics Used to ...
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Utility Interdependence 184 II The Opportunity for Collective Gain is a Public Good 186 III The Moral Argument 190 IV The Current Method of S...
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I A Hidden Challenge in the Transition to the Free Market 199 II Arguments in Favor of the Free Market 201 A Primary Argument 201 B Secondary...
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Catholic Social Thought and Recent Nobel
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and Moral Goals 243 Conclusion 245 Conclusion 247 References 257 Indices 273 Proper Names 273
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