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Subject Philosophy

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405106795.2004.x


P hilosophy of social science, ethics A term coined by the economist Wicksteed in The Common Sense of Political Economy and Selected Papers and Reviews on Economic Theory (1933), originally referring to the specific character of economic relations. Non-tuists are not interested in the interests of those with whom they interact. This sort of motivation is neither egoistic nor altruistic. Some philosophers extend this term to the moral area to offer a rationale for morality, suggesting that people are neither egoists nor altruists. We need moral constraints, but morality is merely a device rather than a fundamental concern for others. “The market requires only that persons be conceived as not taking an interest in the interests of those with whom they exchange. This is Wicksteed's requirement of non-tuism.” Gauthier, Morals by Agreement ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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