"Homo oeconomicus". Paradigma, critiche, revisioni

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"Homo oeconomicus". Paradigma, critiche, revisioni

Sergio Caruso
University of Florence, Italy - ORCID: 0000-0002-9552-3095

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DOI: 10.36253/978-88-6655-107-2 Series: Studi e saggi ISSN 2704-6478 (print) - ISSN 2704-5919 (online)

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Pantaleoni and Pareto re-established economic theory on the basis of homo oeconomicus which, despite criticisms, went on to become a strangely popular concept, not only among economists, but even in common parlance, where it has assumed a confusing variety of meanings. With a view to setting things in order, this book distinguishes: the methodological hypotheses, which could possibly be corrected on the basis of new economic psychology; the weak anthropologies, retrievable as 'given abstractions' within typical contexts; and finally the extreme versions, that reduce human nature to absolute egoism. The author makes a radical criticism of the latter, drawing upon the extensive tools derived from psychology, philosophical anthropology and political philosophy, and thus succeeds in demonstrating their lack of empirical foundation, their conceptual inconsistency and their ideological dangerousness.

Sull'homo oeconomicus Pantaleoni e Pareto rifondarono la teoria economica. Nonostante le critiche, il concetto ha poi trovato una strana fortuna: non solo fra economisti, anche nell'uso corrente, dove assume una confusa varietà di significati. Per mettere ordine questo libro distingue: le ipotesi metodologiche, forse passibili di correzione sulla base della nuova psicologia economica; le antropologie deboli, recuperabili come 'astrazioni determinate' entro contesti tipici; le versioni estreme, che riducono la natura umana all'egoismo assoluto. Di quest'ultime l'Autore fa una critica radicale con un vasto strumentario desunto dalla psicologia, dall'antropologia filosofica e dalla filosofia politica; ne mostra così l'infondatezza empirica, l'inconsistenza concettuale, la pericolosità ideologica.

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