Humanism Challenges Materialism in Economics and Economic History

Humanism Challenges Materialism in Economics and Economic History

Roderick Floud, Santhi Hejeebu, and David Mitch

Print publication date: 2017

ISBN: 9780226429588

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Abstract

The essays in this volume argue that an exploration of economic outcomes must include an examination of the values, beliefs, and norms that enabled them. They emphasize humanistic perspectives of economic well-being and explore the pivotal role of changing values and beliefs in shaping economic history. A more humanistic economics can also re-enchant contemporary politics and policy making. In challenging the dominant economic paradigm, the insights from low-powered economic reasoning are acknowledged and enriched through multiple ways of knowing. Written by distinguished scholars of economics, history, philosophy, politics, gender studies and communications, the essays embrace the intellectual pluralism of Deirdre N. McCloskey.