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Subjectivity in Political Economy : Essays on Wanting and Choosing - David P. Levine

Subjectivity in Political Economy

Essays on Wanting and Choosing

Hardcover Published: 29th January 1998
ISBN: 9780415166614
Number Of Pages: 156

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This book explores the way political economy understands human motivation. In it, the author argues that the assumptions typically made by economists regarding want and choice cannot adequately lay a foundation for answering important questions about the design of economic institutions and the appropriate use of markets.
This volume offers an exciting and unusual contribution to political economy, offering a novel integration of the insights of political economy, philosophy, and psychology, applying them to vital foundational issues in political economy.

Introductionp. 1
Subsistencep. 8
Subsistence in the classical theoriesp. 8
Wealth, inequality and differencep. 30
Self-Seeking and the Pursuit of Happinessp. 39
Self-interestp. 39
Laborp. 50
The pursuit of happinessp. 55
Knowing and Actingp. 67
Uncertaintyp. 67
Knowing what we wantp. 81
Subjective and objectivep. 92
Wanting and Choosingp. 96
Wanting and choosingp. 96
Pleasure and necessityp. 115
Normative Considerationsp. 122
Notesp. 136
Bibliographyp. 140
Indexp. 145
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ISBN: 9780415166614
ISBN-10: 0415166616
Series: Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 156
Published: 29th January 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1