Love <i>and</i> Money?

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:
Love and Money?

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This chapter investigates the issues of individual motivations and interpersonal relations. It also examines in more detail at the problems caused by the ungrounded ethics-only ideology. People who want to argue that money drives out care and concern can turn to parts of philosophy and the social sciences for apparent support. It is not money itself that “drives out” caring feelings, but rather the social meaning given to the particular movement of money. The relation of economics, money, and selfishness is reviewed. Even in the most obviously “economic” situations, people do not act out of solely financial interest. Even when money is playing a large role in economic behavior, this need not mean that a person is greedy. It has shown that love and money are not at odds within the context of individual motivations and small-scale interpersonal relations.

Keywords: individual motivations; interpersonal relations; love; money; philosophy; social sciences; economics; selfishness

Chapter.  7001 words. 

Subjects: Economics

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