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Happiness and Individualism: A Very Difficult Union

Stefano Zamagni

in Economics and Happiness

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780199286287
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603006 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199286280.003.0013
 						Happiness and Individualism: A Very Difficult Union

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The basis of the reductionism affecting the economic discourse is not so much to be found in the assumption of self-interested behaviour. The real limit of economic thinking, especially today, lies in the artificially restrictive image of human nature and human motivation that is implied in the individualistic anthropology underpinning the notion of homo oeconomicus. This chapter offers a plea for personalism and relationality, and presents a theory of reciprocity.

Keywords: relationality; reciprocity; eudaimonia; rationality

Chapter.  14448 words. 

Subjects: Economics

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