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The Homo Economicus


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi

Introduction 1

1 Gross Domestic Happiness 5

2 Work: A Diminishing Value 20

3 The Decline of Empire 34

4 De-Centring the World 54

5 The Great Western Crisis 76

6 Darwin's Nightmare 91

7 The Postmodern Condition 106

Conclusion 124

Notes 127

Index 145

About the Author

Daniel Cohen is a French economist and a professor at the ecole d'economie de Paris as well as a senior advisor to the bank Lazard. Susan Emanuel is the author of Homo Economicus: The - Lost - Prophet of Modern Times, published by Wiley.


"What are we losing, as we are increasingly pressured to define thepursuit of happiness in narrowly economic terms? That is thequestion Daniel Cohen asks and indeed answers withfrequently piercing new insights in this thought-provokingcombination of ancient history, sociology, psychology andalternative economics." Colin Crouch, University of Warwick "The economy is the driving force of our world but to whatend? In a fascinating book, the economist Daniel Cohen offersa long-term perspective on the relation between the search forindividual happiness and the market. He shows how the market,in imposing its own model and valuing competition above everythingelse, has disrupted the relations between human beings. Theemergence and eventual triumph of Homo Economicus has led to thecollapse or stagnation of the indicators of wellbeing in the mostadvanced countries." Liberation "Find happiness, or try to achieve it: a topic addressed often inthe past by literature or philosophy is now a topic foreconomics. In Homo Economicus, the economist DanielCohen shows how our ultra-competitive societies have disruptedsocial relations and undermined all the indicators of wellbeing. Hestarts from a sombre fact: never before has so much wealth beencreated, never have people had access to so many goods, and yetthey are not happier if anything they are less happy. Why?" Le Monde

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