The Theory of the Individual in Economics

Title

The Theory of the Individual in Economics

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Description

The concept of the individual and his/her motivations is a bedrock of philosophy. All strands of thought at heart come down to a particular theory of the individual. Economics, though, is guilty of taking this hugely important concept without questioning how we theorise it. This superb book remedies this oversight.

The new approach put forward by Davis is to pay more attention to what moral philosophy may offer us in the study of personal identity, self consciousness and will. This crosses the traditional boundaries of economics and will shed new light on the distinction between positive and normative analysis in economics. With both heterodox and orthodox economics receiving a thorough analysis from Davis, this book is at once inclusive and revealing.

ISBN

978-0-415-20219-0

Publication Date

2003

Publisher

Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

City

New York

Disciplines

Business

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Acknowledgements

1. Framing the Issues

Part 1 - Orthodox Economics

2. The Atomistic Individual

3. Re-identification: Preferences and Human Capital

4. Individuation: Multiple Selves

5. After the fall: The machinery of choice

Part II - Heterodox Economics

6. The Embedded Individual

7. Individuation: Collective intentionality

8. Re-identification: Capabilities

9. Before the fall: Value in economics

10. Revising the issues

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Index