America's Economic Moralists: A History of Rival Ethics and Economics

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SUNY Press, 6. 2. 2009 - Počet stran: 247
Since colonial times, two discernable schools have debated major issues of economic morality in America. The central norm of one morality is the freedom, or autonomy, of the individual and defines virtues, vices, obligations, and rights by how they contribute to that freedom. The other morality is relational and defines economic ethics in terms of behaviors mandated by human connectedness. America s Economic Moralists shows how each morality has been composed of an ethical outlook paired with a compatible economic theory, each supporting the other. Donald E. Frey adopts a multidisciplinary approach, not only drawing upon historical economic thought, American religious thought, and ethics, but also finding threads of economic morality in novels, government policies, and popular writings. He uses the history of these two supported yet very different views to explain the culture of excess that permeates the morality of today s economic landscape.
 

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1 Introduction
1
WorkWealth and the Wider Welfare
13
The Later Colonial Era
25
4 LaissezFaire for Americans
35
5 Ethics Better than the Morals of Hermits
49
The Communal Moravians
61
Human Dignity as a Boundary to Markets
75
8 Social Darwinists of Different Species
87
Depressed Old Values
131
Welfare Economics Chicago Economics
147
13 Moralists of TwentiethCentury Capitalism
163
14 Unconventional Alternatives to the Conventional Wisdom
177
15 An Ecumenical Consensuson Economic Ethics
191
16 Summary Assessmentsand a Projection
205
Notes
217
Works Cited
225

9 New Influences in Economics
101
10 The Social Gospel and Catholic Thought Around 1900
115

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Donald E. Frey is Professor of Economics at Wake Forest University and the author of Tuition Tax Credits for Private Education: An Economic Analysis.

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