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The Boundaries of Technique : Ordering Positive and Normative Concerns in Economic Research - Andrew Yuengert

The Boundaries of Technique

Ordering Positive and Normative Concerns in Economic Research

Paperback Published: 1st January 2004
ISBN: 9780739107072
Number Of Pages: 152

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In this engaging and thought-provoking new work, Andrew Yuengert uses the moral philosophy of Thomas Aquinas to offer a fresh perspective on the sharp distinctions currently drawn between economics and ethics. In contract to modern philosophical approaches, which focus on the contrast between is and ought statements, a Thomistic analysis begins with the actions of economic researchers. This approach reconciles two popular extreme positions: economics as ethical at every turn, and economics as morally neutral. Exploring recent controversies over the role of ethics in economics, The Boundaries of Technique encourages scholars and students to discover and debate the ways in which economics is insulated from ethics, and the ways in which it is dependent upon it. Ultimately, by bringing readers to a deeper awareness of the intrinsic involvement of the individual and the responsibility of moral choice, Yuengert makes an invaluable contriubtion to the study and practice of economics.

Draws on the acount of human action in the works of Thomas Aquinas and Aristotle to present an account of economics as purposive, human enterprise and to offer a framework within which to think about the role of ethics in economics.--Journal of Economic Literature

Foreword
Preface
What does ethics have to do with economics?p. 1
Why did the economist cross the road? : morality and rationality in Thomistic moral philosophyp. 19
Multiple ends and their orderp. 37
The ends of economics in hierarchical contextp. 49
Aquinas in the marketplace of ideasp. 63
Consequences of the modern separation of technique from prudencep. 77
When is economics not technical?p. 91
What then should economists do?p. 109
Bibliographyp. 121
Indexp. 129
About the authorp. 133
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ISBN: 9780739107072
ISBN-10: 0739107070
Series: Studies in Ethics and Economics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 152
Published: 1st January 2004
Publisher: Lexington Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 16.15  x 1.14
Weight (kg): 0.22