Aristotles Economic Thought by Scott Meikle

Aristotles Economic Thought

byScott Meikle

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`[Meikle's] aim is to make proper sense of Aristotle's economic thinking, and in a detailed, lucid discussion he succeeds brilliantly.' Peter Jones, Sunday Telegraph Aristotle's work on money was the backbone of medieval thinking about commerce, and it is still the foundation of Catholic teaching about market behaviour. Marx's theory of economic value was based on it, and so was much of the economic analysis of money into the present century. In the pasthundred years the interpretation of Aristotle's work on money has become chaotic. Economists claim Aristotle as the father of economics, while classical scholars hold that Aristotle had no economic theory at all. It is argued here that Aristotle does develop a coherent theory of economic value, wealth, exchange, and money, but that this theory cannot be assimilated to what we call economics because its metaphysical foundation is incompatible with the Humean metaphysics on which economics is built. From anAristotelian standpoint, ethics and economics are competitors over the same ground, as rival sources of reasons for decision-making in the public realm, and they cannot be reconciled.

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Scott Meikle is at University of Glasgow.
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Title:Aristotles Economic ThoughtFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.51 inPublished:March 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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It is argued here that Aristotle does develop a coherent theory of economic value, wealth, exchange, and money, but that this theory cannot be assimilated to what we call 'economics' because its metaphysical foundation is incompatible with the Human metaphysics on which economics is built.

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`the book is undoubtedly well written, and written with great commitment ... It is extremely well researched, and Meikle is thoroughly familiar with the commentators, modern, mediaeval and (to a lesser extent) ancient, on Aristotle's economics.'Vasilis Politis, Trinity College Dublin, Philosophical Quarterly, April 1999