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The Social Economy of Freedom



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This book provides a theory of the economic Subject (Part I) and offers a general analysis of the theoretical and practical issues of economic freedom (Part II).

The appearance of homo economicus coincides with the modern advent of economics, namely that of the Subject. The first part of the book advances a theory

of homo economicus as Subject, i.e. as imaging and acting consciousness. The economic action process develops within a specific space-time reference frame, which is structured by duration and memory: the conception of image-objects, which contain the projects and the anticipations; the selection and valuation of such imageobjects on the financial market; action and impact within the real world. Within this process, which clarifies the concept of risk, the economic Subject projects itself and acts as if it remembers and forgets: it is homo memor economicus.

The economic Subject is not alone in the world. The presence of others plays an essential role in its constitution and in numerous notions (beauty contest, consensus, conflict, uncertainty…).

Within this general framework, the work establishes the conditions for a possible economic and financial norm and, consequently, for regulation. It also shows how the question of a moral code within economic and financial action can be approached.

Finally, it is emphasised that a certain number of economic and financial phenomena, which are misunderstood and therefore attributed to strange “animal spirits”, can be apprehended and incorporated within a general theory of the economic Subject and of action.

The second part of the book first introduces the philosophical foundations for the modern idea of economic freedom and shows that this is based on the fundamental identity which links the Subject as consciousness with action and freedom. This identity develops under the inspection of others and therefore constitutes a logic of interdependencies.

It is explained, inter alia, that the question of economic freedom is, to a great extent, that of the collective forms of freedom, which accompany the development of the action process. Such collective forms contain, in particular, the conditions for a norm and therefore for regulation in the face of conflicts. The concept of freedom does not contain, ex ante, the concept of justice, and freedom is even faced with a paradox, that of representing the principal risk both for itself and for the Subject.

Nombre de pages : 365                              
Format : 15,5 X 24,0 cm
ISBN : 978-2-7178-6097-9

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