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Vulnerabili e appassionati. Sui fondamenti antropologici della scienza economica

Nicolò Bellanca ()

Working Papers - Economics from Universita' degli Studi di Firenze, Dipartimento di Scienze per l'Economia e l'Impresa

Abstract: Without the passions there would be little reason to act at all. Nevertheless, in standard economic models human action is driven solely by self-interest: the passions are supposed to interfere with our ability to form rational beliefs and to make rational choices. In fact, any action originated and nurtured by passions places its own raison d’être in itself. The acts motivated by passions can either improve or (even) worsen one’s wellbeing: there might not be any payoff in both the present and the future, and monetary incentives do not influence or mitigate their nature. Above all, under the influence of the passions, the actor does not calculate but instead “loses control”. This paper argues against the separation of passion-infused intimate relations and economic theory through a reconsideration of the anthropological conception of the economics.

Keywords: Passions; Rational-choice explanation; Economics; Intentionality; Individualism. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A12 D89 P17 Z13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 24 pages
Date: 2014
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