Introduction: Why a Philosophy of the Economy and Why an Aristotelian Approach?

  • Ricardo F. CrespoEmail author
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Philosophy book series (BRIEFSPHILOSOPH)


This first chapter answers the questions in its heading and describes the outline of the book. It also introduces its central ideas: 1) the economy is essentially a human reality; 2) as such, its study should be approached primarily from the perspective of practical reason; 3) economics should recover its practical stance, drawing away from its recent shift to a more technical realm, and, finally, 4) economic activity is human action in society. This is the lens that should enlighten its analysis and practice.


Philosophy of the economy Aristotle and economics Theoretical practical and instrumental reason 


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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversidad Nacional de Cuyo and Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y TécnicasMendozaArgentina

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