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Much of modern economic theory is based on a rather unflattering view of human nature, one that is essentially selfish and materialistic.Not surprisingly, this incomplete version of human anthropology makes for some rather incomplete economic theory, argues Edward Hadas in Human Goods & Economic Evils.Instead of simply being utility maximizers, Hadas argues human beings also seek to maximize morality in their everyday economic lives.For Hadas, economic man is moral man, who always strives for the good according to his nature.While the weakness of human nature ensures that the good is never fully achieved, economic activity is nevertheless best understood as part of the great moral enterprise of humanity.
Human Goods & Economic Evils does not claim that the basic economic activities of laboring and consuming are the most important things in life, but they are literally vital, and as such deserve to be studied and understood through a more morally sympathetic view of human nature.With this in mind, Human Goods & Economic Evils provides both lay readers and policymakers the intellectual tools necessary to judge what is right and what is wrong about the modern economy, and returns the study of economics to its proper, more humanistic sphere.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 6.25" Height: 9" Weight: 1.35 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2007
Publisher Intercollegiate Studies Institute
ISBN 1933859261 ISBN13 9781933859262
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More About Edward Hadas
Edward Hadas, who holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Oxford and an MBA from the State University of New York, writes about economics and finance for Breakingviews.com, an internet financial commentary service based in London. He also teaches and writes about Christian citizenship and social & political philosophy at the Maryvale Institute in Birmingham, UK.
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Original Thinking Oct 22, 2007
This book offers fascinating and original insights into the burning economic questions of our time. When is enough too much? What is the purpose of work? How can it be that, in a time of unprecedented plenty, some people continue to suffer terrible deprivation? What is the fundamental nature of man viewed from the economic perspective? Hadas, who is a trained economist as well as a philosopher, sets out to examine all these questions. He uses the basic tenets of Christianity to challenge the 'greed is good' philosophy of classical economists, and offers a refreshing alternative based on a view of mankind as flawed but fundamentally seeking the good not only of himself, but of the other. I found the book extrememly interesting (and I'm not an economist!) and would recommend it to anyone who cares about the above questions.