Item description for Ethical Dimensions of the Economy: Making Use of Hegel and the Concepts of Public and Merit Goods (Studies in Economic Ethics and Philosophy) by Wilfried Ver Eecke...
This book reflects philosophically about the socio-political dimension of economics.
Part I provides normative reflections on the economy: Section I reflects on the interconnections between the multiple discourses on the economy, section II presents Hegel's claim that the economic order is an ethical institution and defends his ontological view of the economy against the one of Adam Smith. Section III dialogues with economists about their concepts of public and merit goods. This section defends a Hegelian ontology of the economy through an analysis of technical concepts used by economists.
Part II provides applications derived from the normative analysis: Section I presents the views of authors in different academic disciplines pointing to failures in late capitalism, in particular failures of American capitalism and section II asks the question: " What must one pay attention to in a transition from a command economy to a free market?"
Section III draws attention to an overlap of ideas found in Catholic Social Thought and in the publications of some recent Nobel prize winners in economics (Buchanan, Sen, Stiglitz).
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.3" Width: 6.2" Height: 1" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date Mar 10, 2008
ISBN 3540771107 ISBN13 9783540771104
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Hegelian theory and a democratic economy Aug 26, 2008
Hegel wrote at a time when mercantilist and physiocratic economic systems were being replaced by free-market capitalist systems, largely due to the influence of Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations. In the context of early 19th century Germany, Hegel's problematic was the development of a theory of civil society in the context of a hereditary constitutional monarchy and a hereditary upper house of parliament. In that era, what would be the mediating agencies that would facilitate social prosperity through the modern economic developments, but also prevent extremes of poverty and social disruption for individuals left out of the ongoing dynamics? Hegel focused to a great extent on natural social/cultural organizing phenomena, which he called "corporations," including such things as and labor groups, professional societies, churches. Since individuals gravitated naturally to such groupings, the key was to provide representation of their voices in government, thus providing an effective rapprochement of the individual with the universal, of nature with "spirit." But if Hegel's theory has worth, how to bring it into synchronization with the mechanics of modern democracies such as that of the United States? Wilfried ver Eecke, in Hegel's footsteps trying to avoid extremes of laissez-faire libertarianism and socialistic "command economies," turns to the work of the political and economic theorists, Goetz Briefs, Mancur Olson, and Theodore Lowi, searching for answers to continuing questions concerning, taxation, welfare, limits of government intervention, etc. Of particular importance in his analysis is the distinction between public, private, and "merit" goods - the latter being an area insufficiently appreciated. This book is not on abstract economics, but in the continental tradition, and like Hegel, focuses on the interrelationship of politics, economics, ethics, and religion.