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|Additional Physical Format:||Electronic version:
Skidelsky, Robert Jacob Alexander, 1939-
How much is enough?
New York : Other Press, ©2012
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Robert Skidelsky; Edward Skidelsky
|Description:||x, 243 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm|
|Contents:||Keynes's mistake --
The Faustian bargain --
The uses of wealth --
The mirage of happiness --
Limits to growth : natural or moral? --
Elements of the good life --
Exits from the rat race.
|Responsibility:||Robert Skidelsky & Edward Skidelsky.|
What constitutes the good life? What is the true value of money? Why do we work such long hours merely to acquire greater wealth? These are some of the questions that many asked themselves when the financial system crashed in 2008. Authors Robert and Edward Skidelsky begin with he great economist John Maynard Keynes. In 1930 Keynes predicted that, within a century, per capita income would steadily rise, people's basic needs would be met, and no one would have to work more than fifteen hours a week. Clearly, we has wrong: though income has increased as he envisioned, people's wants have seemingly gone unsatisfied and they continue to work long hours. The Skidelskys explain why Keynes was mistaken. Arguing from the premise that economics is a moral science, they trace the concept of the good life from Aristotle to the present and show how our lives over the last half century have strayed from that ideal. Finally, they issue a call to rethink what really matters in our lives and how to attain it.
- Economics -- Sociological aspects.
- Sociologie économique.
- Ekonomi -- sociala aspekter.
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