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Rousseau, ethic and economy. The model of Clarens in the Nouvelle Héloïse

Céline Spector

Cahiers d’économie politique / Papers in Political Economy, 2007, issue 53, 27-53

Abstract: Rousseau offers a reformulation of the concept of economy that can clear the contemporary debate devoted to the relations between ethic and economy. His philosophy allows to define economy according to ethic categories: ethic values and economic values enter in an exchange system; economy aims at prosperity but it is animated by ethic rules and motivations such as compassion or benevolence. Ethic is also understood in a economic way. Rousseau's moral economy is an art of enjoyment which includes both material enjoyment and moral enjoyment.

JEL-codes: B11 B59 D64 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2007
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