The Theory of the Individual in Economics: Identity and Value by John B DavisThe Theory of the Individual in Economics: Identity and Value by John B Davis

The Theory of the Individual in Economics: Identity and Value

byJohn B DavisEditorJohn B Davis

Paperback | May 30, 2003

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The concept of the individual and his/her motivations is a bedrock of philosophy. All strands of thought at heart come down to a particular theory of the individual. Economics, though, is guilty of taking this hugely important concept without questioning how we theorise it. This superb book remedies this oversight.
The new approach put forward by Davis is to pay more attention to what moral philosophy may offer us in the study of personal identity, self consciousness and will. This crosses the traditional boundaries of economics and will shed new light on the distinction between positive and normative analysis in economics. With both heterodox and orthodox economics receiving a thorough analysis from Davis, this book is at once inclusive and revealing.
Title:The Theory of the Individual in Economics: Identity and ValueFormat:PaperbackPublished:May 30, 2003Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415202205

ISBN - 13:9780415202206


Table of Contents

Acknowledgements, 1. Framing the IssuesPart 1 - Orthodox Economics2. The Atomistic Individual 3. Re-identification: Preferences and Human Capital 4. Individuation: Multiple Selves 5. After the fall: The machinery of choicePart II - Heterodox Economics6. The Embedded Individual 7. Individuation: Collective intentionality 8. Re-identification: Capabilities 9. Before the fall: Value in economics 10. Revising the issues, References, Index

Editorial Reviews

"John Davis has written a fascinating book. He explores the concept of "the individual" in orthodox and heterodox economics."
-William Walker, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
"I am very pleased by Davis's demonstration that the dominant academic discourse leads at best to the conclusion that "embedded" beings "might become individuals."
-Francis Woehrling, arket & Morality