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).
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
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
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...).
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
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.
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.
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