Even if we were to admit that political philosophy has always been the basis of thinking on population since Classical Greece, there is no doubt that its place was redefined in the eighteenth century when classical economics in England incorporated population into a totally different conceptual framework provided with new analytical tools. By defining an actor, namely homo œconomicus, in his dual role of producer and consumer, economics somehow removed population from the sphere of political philosophy, but without losing its footing in moral philosophy.


Migration Europe Stake 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yves Charbit
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  1. 1.UMR CEPED (Université Paris Descartes-INED-IRD)Université Paris DescartesFrance

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