Download e-book for kindle: Homo Economicus: The (Lost) Prophet of Modern Times by Daniel Cohen,Susan Emanuel

By Daniel Cohen,Susan Emanuel

ISBN-10: 0745680127

ISBN-13: 9780745680125

The West has lengthy outlined the pursuit of happiness in monetary phrases yet now, within the wake of the 2007-8 monetary drawback, it's time to reassess approximately what constitutes our happiness.

In this wide-ranging new ebook, the prime economist Daniel Cohen strains our present malaise again to the increase of homo economicus: for the final 2 hundred years, the fashionable global has outlined happiness when it comes to fabric achieve. Homo economicus has forged apart its competitors, homo ethicus and homo empathicus, and unfold its neo-Darwinian good judgment all over the place. but, rather than bringing happiness, homo economicus traps humans in a global without any beliefs. we're left feeling empty and dissatisfied.

Today progressively more individuals are commencing to realize that pageant and fabric achieve aren't the single issues that topic in existence. The critical paradox of our period is that we glance to the economic system to provide course to our international on the very time while social wishes are migrating towards sectors which are not easy to put in the scope of marketplace common sense. well-being, schooling, clinical learn, and the area of the web shape the center of our post-industrial societies, yet none of those belong to the normal financial mold. whereas human creativity is greater than ever, homo economicus imposes himself like a tragic prophet, a killjoy of the hot age.

Drawing on a wealthy array of examples, Cohen explores the hot electronic and genetic revolutions and examines the constraints of homo economicus in our quickly reworking international. As humans have a rare skill to evolve, he argues that we have to rebalance the relation among pageant and cooperation in favour of the latter.

This thought-provoking research of our modern situation should be of serious worth to an individual attracted to the connection among what occurs in our economies and our own happiness.

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