Ethical Economy

The Economy of Recognition

Person, Market and Society in Antonio Rosmini

Authors: Hoevel, Carlos

  • The first systematic research ever done into Rosmini’s economic thought
  • Provides a detailed conceptual framework to approach alternative approach to conventional neoclassical economics
  • Provides a fresh focus on one of the most important Italian and Catholic philosophers
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Introducing an alternative philosophical foundation to the study of economics, this book explains and adopts the perspective of the Italian philosopher Antonio Rosmini (1797-1855), whose interpretation of economic action was fundamentally at odds with the prevailing and all-conquering utilitarianism of modernity. Rosmini, one of the most important Italian and Catholic philosophers of the modern age, eschewed the traditional concepts of subjectivism and individualism at the core of the utilitarian thesis, prefiguring today’s critique of ‘autistic economics’ with his assertion that micro-economic formulae consecrating the ‘maximization of utility’ derive not from scientific principles or even hypotheses, but from uncritically adopted philosophical ideas. It was an assault on the determinism he perceived as the fatal flaw in accepted economic theory.   Rosmini’s notion of human and economic action, based on human beings’ ‘personal’ capacities for objective knowledge, truth recognition, moral goodness and happiness, deeply transform the meaning of central economic activities such as labour, wealth creation and consumption, and become crucial factors in any analysis of the operation of the economy. After introducing the fundamentals of Rosmini’s thought, the author details the theoretical and institutional features of utilitarian economics, tracing their influence on social norms. He juxtaposes these with Rosmini’s alternative philosophy which places the concept of social justice at its heart, and which attempts to establish a framework for relations between the public and private realms. The contemporary case is then made for adopting Rosmini’s principles, thus changing an economic paradigm widely held to be unassailable. The fruit of unprecedented and systematic research on Rosmini’s economic ideas, this volume offers a detailed conceptual framework to guide alternative approaches to conventional neoclassical economics.​

Reviews

“Hoevel is a serious scholar and immersed himself deeply in his subject matter. He masters Rosmini’s writings, and presents them with affection and respect. His book will certainly become a point of reference in the secondary literature on Rosmini, and rightly so.” (Alberto Mingardi, Journal of Markets & Morality, Vol. 18 (1), 2015)

“The analysis of Hoevel is … the most complete study on the economic thought of Antonio Rosmini. … I would like to thank him for the precious considerations he has given not only to Rosminian research but also to the philosophical and economical discussion on the future of our economic system … . The study of Hoevel has stimulated my ideas on Rosmini, and … it will be the same to many readers, which this book merits without any doubt.” (Markus Krienke, History of Economic Thought and Policy, Issue 1, 2014)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction: From Autism to Recognition

    Hoevel, Carlos

    Pages 1-12

  • A Philosopher in Search for the Economy

    Hoevel, Carlos

    Pages 13-33

  • The Utilitarian Paradigm

    Hoevel, Carlos

    Pages 35-46

  • Recognizing the Truth: Human Action Beyond Utilitarianism

    Hoevel, Carlos

    Pages 47-62

  • Economic Action, Happiness and Personalized Self-Interest

    Hoevel, Carlos

    Pages 63-76

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eBook $119.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-017-8114-5
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Economy of Recognition
Book Subtitle
Person, Market and Society in Antonio Rosmini
Authors
Series Title
Ethical Economy
Series Volume
42
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-6058-5
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-6058-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-6057-8
Softcover ISBN
978-94-017-8114-5
Series ISSN
2211-2707
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 263
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