List of Figures. List of Tables. Preface. Part I. 1. Personalist Economics: Reconstructing Economics on Different Philosophical Premises. 2. Justice and Charity: The Bulwark of Human Well-being. Part II. 3. Meeting Physical Need and Satisfying Human Wants. 4. The Need for Self-Expression and the Need to Belong. 5. The Capitalist System and Unmet Human Material Need. 6. Activating the Economic Processes to Meet Human Material Need and to Satisfy Human Wants. 7. The Person and the Work of the Entrepreneur. 8. The Unemployed: Unmet Physical Need and Other Effects. 9. The Poor: Defined and Estimated in Terms of Subsistence Need and Economic Class. 10. The Homeless: Degrees of Unmet Physical Need. 11. The Dying: Health Care Needs and Attitudes Toward Death. Part III. 12. Productivity, Profitability, and Economic Insecurity. 13. Meeting Human Material Need and Satisfying Human Wants Through Workplace and Marketplace Cooperation. 14. Challenges Ahead. Index.
Personalist Economics: Moral Convictions, Economic Realities, and Social Action examines the nature of the worker and consumer from a personalist perspective, comparing that body of knowledge to what is received from conventional economics. A running theme throughout this book is that personalist economics is attentive to both aspects of human material need - physical need and the need for work as such - in a way that does not disregard human wants. Accordingly, this book is more concerned about the philosophical base and description of the economy's significant characteristics than social economic policy.
Personalist Economics explores four dimensions of particularly acute human physical need: unemployment, poverty, homelessness, and death. In addressing these four aspects of need, the book delves into the second and third domains of social economics: description of the significant characteristics of the economy, and social economic policy. In the same way, Personalist Economics explores two types of economic cooperation - supra-firm alliances and inter-firm partnerships - as means for addressing certain aspects of human material need. This book concludes with a lengthy discussion of the challenges facing personalist economics in the years ahead.
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