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: The Critique of Individualism

Alan Ryan

in The British Study of Politics in the Twentieth Century

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197262948
eISBN:
9780191734762
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197262948.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, UK Politics

This chapter focuses on the thought that ‘rational, economic man’ may be a useful figment of the economists’ imagination but is not a useful figment of the social and political theorist’s. After some ... More


The Ring of Gyges

David Gauthier

in Morals by Agreement

Published in print:
1987
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198249924
eISBN:
9780191597497
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198249926.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Is a rational morality a necessary evil—a mean between what an individual would judge best—bettering his situation at whatever cost to others, and worst—having one's situation worsened at other's ... More


The Liberal Individual

David Gauthier

in Morals by Agreement

Published in print:
1987
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198249924
eISBN:
9780191597497
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198249926.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

We appeal to Bernard Suits's Grasshopper to support the thesis that what has intrinsic value in human life is engagement in activities that have instrumental value. The implication of this view is ... More


Teaching Economics While Keeping The Faith

Charles K. Wilber

in Teaching as an Act of Faith: Theory and Practice in Church-Related Higher Education

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823222209
eISBN:
9780823236800
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823222209.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Values embedded in economic theories are somewhat opposed to Christian thought. An example of these values is self-interest. Self-interest is ... More


The Commodity Frontier

Arlie Russell Hochschild

in Self, Social Structure, and Beliefs: Explorations in Sociology

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520241367
eISBN:
9780520937857
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520241367.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Social Theory

This chapter looks into capitalism's drive to commodify social life. It particularly focuses on a job advertisement for a personal assistant and the reactions to this ad. It uses Neil Smelser's work ... More


Complexity and Economics

Jean Boulton, Peter Allen, and Cliff Bowman

in Embracing Complexity: Strategic Perspectives for an Age of Turbulence

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780199565252
eISBN:
9780191821943
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199565252.003.0010
Subject:
Business and Management, Organization Studies, Innovation

This chapter looks at the application of complexity theory to economics. It gives a brief overview of the history of economics, and sets out the limitations to neo-classical thinking—there is no ... More


Real people: engines of enterprise

Gordon Pearson

in Remaking the Real Economy: Escaping Destruction by Organised Money

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781447356585
eISBN:
9781447356622
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781447356585.003.0005
Subject:
Business and Management, Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility

Progression without destruction will only be achieved by real people working singly or together in organisational systems. Human motivation has been the focus of much empirical study, including ... More


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