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경제적 합리성 개념에 대한 철학적 반성
Philosophical Reflection on the Concept of Economic Rationality

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Authors
이남인
Issue Date
2005
Publisher
서울대학교 인문대학 인문학연구원
Citation
인문논총, Vol.53, pp. 33-63
Keywords
합리성경제적 합리성경제행위기술적 합리성 개념규범적 합리성 개념
Abstract
This paper examines the concept of economic rationality from a philosophical
point of view. According to the mainstream economics, economic rationality is an
instrumental rationality; it is the rationality par excellence to which all the other
kinds of rationality could be reduced; it is only the individual, not the society that
could be the bearer of rationality; economic rationality as an instrumental rationality
could be the foundation of economics.
Contrary to what mainstream economics presupposes, there are various kinds of
rationality that cannot be reduced to economic rationality. It is not only the
individual, but also the society that could be the bearer of rationality and one can
talk about social rationality as well. The concept of economic rationality is
ambiguous, since it could be interpreted as a descriptive one or as a normative one.
Moreover, the concept of economic rationality as a descriptive one as well as a
normative one has some difficulties. The concept of economic rationality as a
descriptive one is problematic, since there are so many types of economic behavior
that do not have the property of economic rationality. The concept of economic
rationality does not enable us to describe properly all types of economic behavior. The concept of economic rationality as a normative one is also problematic, since it
is not clear if an economic behavior or an economic society that incarnates
economic rationality is really an ideal one. The concept of economic rationality as a
normative one is not free from ideological implication.
ISSN
1598-3021
Language
Korean
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/29574
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College of Humanities (인문대학)Institute of Humanities (인문학연구원)Journal of humanities (인문논총)Journal of Humanities vol.53 (2005) (인문논총)
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