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Two axiologies of economy

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antic philosophy of economy   mainstream economy   the aims of economy   rationalityof economy


Od 2013 pt.: Ekonomia - Wroclaw Economic Review


The dispute within economic studies concerning unresolved question of the method — Methodenstreit — is going on more than one hundred years. This dispute educated a special type of value free approach (Wertreiheit) and wiped out from consideration the question od rhe aims of economy — the question of axiology of human action. This essay is devoted to comparative study of two different axiologies — values and aims — of human action that are present in the works of Greek philosophers (Platon and Aristotle) and in the numerous works of Gary S. Becker, belonging to the mainstream of modern economy. I am trying to prove that the “philosophy of economy” of Platon and Aristotle is much more richer than the basis of mainstream od modern economy. Therefore, what differs the axiology of the Greek philosophers and Gary S. Backer is the answer to following question: Is a human being working with the aim of living or living with the aim of working? The above question is about “the axiological status of rationality”. 30 years ago Klemens Szaniawski tried to answer this question in his essay “Rationality as Value”

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Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego

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ISSN 2084-4093


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Acta Universitatis Wratislaviensis, ISSN 0239-6661 ; no 3623. Ekonomia, ISSN 2084-4093 ; 20/4, s. 9-32

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