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Author: William James Booth

ISBN: 9780801427916
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 17 January 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 15.5 x 23.5 x 2.8
What human purpose does an economy serve? In this pathbreaking book, William James Booth examines what he calls the moral architecture of the economy - its significance in our ethical world and the influence of social values on its institutions. Turning to the most fundamental economic unit, Booth explores three basic conceptions of the household - the Aristotelian, the classic liberal, and the Marxist.
Booth first traces one tradition of domestic organization to the household or oikos of Aristotelian thought and explores its structure and its use as a counter to market society. He next considers the early modern liberal household as interpreted by Locke, Hobbes, and Rousseau. Liberal economic and political theory, Booth shows, rejects the hierarchical pattern of the oikos in favor of a contract-based community among autonomous and equal persons. In classical liberalism the market thus emerges not so much as the most efficient instrument for creating wealth than as one expression in itself of this moral architecture. Booth then assesses the triumphs and debacles of Marx's critique of market society. The source of Marxism's theoretical and practical failures, he conten...

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