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Los fundamentos morales de la economía: una relectura del problema de Adam Smith

  • José Atilano Pena López


    (Universidad de A Coruña)

  • José Manuel Sánchez Santos


    (Universidad de A Coruña)

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    This paper offers a reinterpretation of “Adam Smith’s problem” and reconsiders the relation between ethics and economics. It makes a critical revision of the attempts that seek to solve this problem, proposes an alternative framework constructed on the Smithian concepts of sympathy and the impartial spectator, and shows that morality understood as an extension of sympathy relations, constitutes a precondition for the market existence. The analysis clarifies that morality is the base of the economic system and, at the same time, the economic system limits morality.

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    Article provided by Universidad Externado de Colombia - Facultad de Economía in its journal Revista de Economía Institucional.

    Volume (Year): 9 (2007)
    Issue (Month): 16 (January-June)
    Pages: 63-87

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    Handle: RePEc:rei:ecoins:v:9:y:2007:i:16:p:63-87
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