Economics and Ethics

  • Ricardo F. CrespoEmail author
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This chapter explores the links between economics and ethics, which depend on the notion of economics considered. Political economy is a science of ends—a practical and moral, science, while economic theory is a technique that should be subordinated to the former. Economic theory cannot be specifically applied to reality without a commitment to values. In the twentieth century, economics tried to push values aside, but it is drawing closer to them today, following the lead of other social sciences.


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Authors and Affiliations

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

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