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Adam Smith and the Study of Ethics in a Commercial Society  

Stefanie Haeffele and Virgil Henry Storr

Over time, the fields of economics and ethics have become more distinct with economics focusing on the rationality of actors, the incentives they face, and the outcomes of interacting ... More

Contemporary Austrian Economics and the New Economic Sociology  

Ryan Neil Langrill and Virgil Henry Storr

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Nov 2015
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Dec 2015
Contemporary Austrian economics and the new economic sociology have much in common. First, they share intellectual influences, especially Max Weber. Second, they offer similar critiques of ... More

Happiness  

Ben Cooper

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Feb 2014
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Mar 2014
There has been a revolution in how economists treat the subject of happiness: in happiness measurement, in new economic insights related to happiness, and in the area of policy ... More

Human Nature, Identity, and Motivation  

Gordon Menzies and Donald Hay

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Feb 2014
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Mar 2014
The question of human nature and identity is not a common preoccupation of economists. The reasons for this are investigated, and the ways in which a theological understanding of human ... More

Morality as a Complex Adaptive System: Rethinking Hayek’s Social Ethics  

Gerald Gaus

This chapter focuses on Hayek’s analysis of morality as an evolved spontaneous order while updating and revising it, taking account of current research and models. While his path-breaking ... More

Post-Keynesian Economics, Rationality, and Conventions  

Tom Boylan and Paschal O'Gorman

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Sep 2013
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Dec 2013
The role of conventions has been an area of increasing interest to writers in the post-Keynesian tradition, particularly over the last thirty years. This has arisen from the reexamination ... More

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