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Analyse & Kritik

Journal of Philosophy and Social Theory

Ed. by Baurmann, Michael / Leist, Anton / Tranow, Ulf

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Volume 30, Issue 2


Homo Ökonomikus als Idealtypus. Oder: Das Dilemma des Don Juan

Michael Baurmann
Published Online: 2016-05-14 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/auk-2008-0211


Neither the model of homo oeconomicus nor Max Weber’s concept of the ideal type have a good reputation these days - to try to combine the two does not seem a promising idea, therefore. It could result in the attempt to tie two sinking ships together - to borrow a metaphor of Alasdair MacIntyre’s which he used in a different context as a comment on the programme of Analyse & Kritik 30 years ago. But perhaps the reasons for the bad reputation of homo oeconomicus and ideal types are connected so that a common retrieval of their honour could be thinkable. I will contemplate this question in the following considerations that are not very systematical but rather exemplary and fragmentary.

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Published Online: 2016-05-14

Published in Print: 2008-11-01

Citation Information: Analyse & Kritik, Volume 30, Issue 2, Pages 555–573, ISSN (Online) 2365-9858, ISSN (Print) 0171-5860, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/auk-2008-0211.

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