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Economics as Moral Science


Part of the Studies in Economic Ethics and Philosophy book series (SEEP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Bernard Hodgson
    Pages 1-5
  3. Bernard Hodgson
    Pages 6-29
  4. Bernard Hodgson
    Pages 30-36
  5. Bernard Hodgson
    Pages 37-48
  6. Bernard Hodgson
    Pages 79-96
  7. Bernard Hodgson
    Pages 97-118
  8. Bernard Hodgson
    Pages 119-140
  9. Bernard Hodgson
    Pages 157-171
  10. Bernard Hodgson
    Pages 172-190
  11. Bernard Hodgson
    Pages 191-217
  12. Bernard Hodgson
    Pages 218-244
  13. Bernard Hodgson
    Pages 245-261
  14. Bernard Hodgson
    Pages 262-275
  15. Bernard Hodgson
    Pages 305-310
  16. Back Matter
    Pages 311-382

About this book


Economics as Moral Science investigates the problem of the ethical neutrality of "mainstream" economic theory within the context of the methodology of economics as a science. Against the conventional wisdom, the author argues that there are serious moral presuppositions to the theory, but that economics could still count as a scientific or rational form of inquiry. The basic questions addressed - the ethical implications of economics, its status as a scientific mode of theory-construction, and the relation between these factors - are absolutely fundamental ones for an understanding of contemporary economics, the philosophy of the human sciences, and our current market culture. Moreover, the study provides a thorough philosophical analysis of the critical issues at stake from the inside, from the credible perspective of a particular, but foundational economic theory - the neoclassical theory of rational choice.


Economics Ethics Ethik Philosophy of Science Wirtschaftswissenschaft Wissenschaftsphilosophie autonomy morality

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyTrent UniversityPeterboroughCanada

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