Economics and Vulnerability: Relationships, Incentives, Meritocracy

  • Luigino BruniEmail author
Part of the Virtues and Economics book series (VIEC, volume 1)


The paper warns that a significant body of philosophical work in virtue ethics is associated with a critique of the market economy and economics. The market depends on instrumental rationality and extrinsic motivation; market interactions therefore fail to respect the internal value of human practices and the intrinsic motivations of human actors. By using market exchange as a central model, mainstream economics normalizes extrinsic motivation, not only in markets but also in social life more generally; therefore economics appears as an assault on virtues and on human flourishing.


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  1. 1.LUMSA UniversityRomeItaly

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