Putting First Things First: Moral Consensus for a Flourishing Economic Culture

  • Victor V. ClaarEmail author
  • Greg Forster


In this chapter we reveal our hidden agenda: moral consensus. We do not think economics can or should restore the approach of earlier paradigms, each of which grew out of individual worldviews. We now live in a pluralistic world because we have rightly decided to stop using force to create coherent social worlds, and without such force, social worlds do not cohere in the same uniformity. We need a new approach for a new social world in which people do not all revere the same things. We propose consensus rather than uniformity. If we want to escape the Consumption paradigm, it is necessary for people who have different beliefs to agree with one another to some extent about transcendent moral claims that shape economic life.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Florida Gulf Coast UniversityFort MyersUSA
  2. 2.Trinity International UniversityDeerfieldUSA

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