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Rousseau, ethic and economy. The model of Clarens in the Nouvelle Héloïse

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  • Céline SPECTOR

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Rousseau offers a reformulation of the concept of economy that can clear the contemporary debate devoted to the relations between ethic and economy. His philosophy allows to define economy according to ethic categories: ethic values and economic values enter in an exchange system; economy aims at prosperity but it is animated by ethic rules and motivations such as compassion or benevolence. Ethic is also understood in a economic way. Rousseau's moral economy is an art of enjoyment which includes both material enjoyment and moral enjoyment.

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  • Céline SPECTOR, 2007. "Rousseau, ethic and economy. The model of Clarens in the Nouvelle Héloïse," Cahiers d’économie politique / Papers in Political Economy, L'Harmattan, issue 53, pages 27-53.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpo:journl:y:2007:i:53:p:27-53
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    • B11 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought through 1925 - - - Preclassical (Ancient, Medieval, Mercantilist, Physiocratic)
    • B59 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Current Heterodox Approaches - - - Other
    • D64 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Altruism; Philanthropy; Intergenerational Transfers

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