The Economic

  • Ricardo F. CrespoEmail author
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This chapter discusses the deep meaning of economic matters, or “the economy”, from a philosophical standpoint, exploring (1) a metaphoric or improper meaning: human beings are “economic” insofar as they have needs that they can satisfy using material means; (2) a proper, broad meaning: all decisions and actions geared to the acquisition and use of the goods that satisfy human needs are economic; (3) a proper, precise meaning: the maximizing character of the use of means in order to achieve ends with those decisions and actions is specifically economic. Some other characteristics of “the economic” are pointed out: its free, uncertain, and temporal nature; its subjective character, and its social immersion.


Notion of economy Aristotle’s economic thought 


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

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