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Introduction

Julie A. Nelson

in Economics for Humans

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780226572024
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226572055 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226572055.003.0001
Introduction

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Economics and commerce have traditionally been male-dominated realms, while women were traditionally assigned all the tasks of personal care for children and the ill and elderly within families. This book uses the term ethics as shorthand for both concern with moral decision making and concern with interpersonal, caring relationships. It reports the issue from the side of those who prioritize economics and downplay ethics. It looks at the issue from the side of those who prioritize ethics and condemn (or seek to isolate) what they think of as “economic values.” Moreover, some of the many distorted or simply untrue beliefs about the facts of economic life that arise from the mechanical notion are investigated. An overview of the chapters included in this book is given.

Keywords: economics; commerce; ethics; economic values; economic life

Chapter.  2358 words. 

Subjects: Economics

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