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Civil Happiness : Economics and Human Flourishing in Historical Perspective - Luigino Bruni

Civil Happiness

Economics and Human Flourishing in Historical Perspective

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Published: 1st December 2005
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Economists have long laboured under the misapprehension that all humans exist as rational beings that find happiness in maximizing their personal utility. This impressive volume presents an historical review of the evolution of economic thought, from economic philosophy to contemporary mathematical economics, and its critique of how the human and social dimensions of economics have been lost in this evolutionary process.

Examining the crucial period in the late eighteenth century when economists such Smith and Genovesi tried to reconcile the classical tradition of Civil humanism emerging commercial society, this key book analyses the impact that the hedonist approach to economics had in removing the ethical conception of happiness. In addition, it focuses on the impact that J.S. Mill, Wicksteed and Pareto had in shifting methodological thinking away from an emphasis on civil happiness. Simply put, this book is essential reading for economists everywhere.

Happiness, againp. 4
Explanations of the Easterlin paradoxp. 12
From the "civil" to the "uncivil" animalp. 18
Public happinessp. 40
Genovesi and the Neapolitan School of Civil Economyp. 48
Happiness as reciprocityp. 66
Adam Smithp. 79
The Cambridge civil traditionp. 89
Happiness becomes pleasurep. 97
The solipsistic foundation of contemporary economicsp. 108
Conclusion : what can we learn from the civil happiness tradition?p. 121
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ISBN: 9780415326285
ISBN-10: 0415326281
Series: Routledge Studies in the History of Economics
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 169
Published: 1st December 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.52 x 16.1  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Number: 1