Pensar o ser humano na Economia: do indivíduo (homo oeconomicus) à pessoa

Translated title of the contribution: Thinking the human being in economics: from the individual (homo oeconomicus) to the person

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Abstract

How does economics understand the human being? In this article, I present the current dominant conception of the human being in neoclassical theory, which is usually labelled as 'homo oeconomicus' (economic man). I describe the traits of this anthropology, and present the historical context in which it emerged. Then I make its critical evaluation. This is followed by a discussion of two recent alternative conceptions of the human being, which try to go beyond the individualist 'homo economicus' paradigm. I highlight the recent contributions of John B. Davis and Luigino Bruni. Finally I reflect on some elements of Christian anthropology which can contribute to enrich the conception of the person in economics.
Translated title of the contributionThinking the human being in economics: from the individual (homo oeconomicus) to the person
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)243-263
JournalBrotéria
Volume167
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2008

Keywords

  • homo oeconomicus
  • neoclassical theory
  • economy of communion
  • person
  • Robert Sugden
  • Luigno Bruni
  • Anthropology
  • Modernity
  • John B. Davis

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