Bioeconomics as a Subversive Science

Peter A. Corning

in Holistic Darwinism

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780226116136
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226116334 | DOI:
Bioeconomics as a Subversive Science

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This chapter argues that bioeconomics challenges the theoretical foundations of mainstream economics. It explains that bioeconomics is based on the ground-zero premise of life sciences which states that survival and reproduction constitute the basic, continuing, inescapable problem for all living organisms, and argues that economic performance should be measured in these terms and not in relation to economic growth or other conventional economic measures. In effect, bioeconomics provides an alternative set of account books for assessing the performance of an economy, including especially the outcomes.

Keywords: bioeconomics; mainstream economics; life sciences; survival; reproduction; economic growth; economic performance

Chapter.  6337 words. 

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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