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dc.contributor.authorDzionek-Kozłowska, Joanna
dc.description.abstractThe homo economicus (Economic Man) concept is one of the best-known components of economic theorising frequently recognised as a part of the “hard core” of the mainstream 20th-century economics. This model gained such a high status in times of the marginal revolution, although it was coined in the 1830s by the classical economist John S. Mill. Nowadays, homo economicus is commonly perceived as a model of rational economic agent maximising utility or preferences. The article aims to show that both the Millian approach and the marginal approach were more complex than the contemporary incarnation of Economic Man. One of the key differences between the early stages in the evolution of homo oeconomicus and the modern version of it refers to the notion of rationality. Whereas it is the constitutive element of the 20th-century homo oeconomicus, the requirement of full rationality was never explicitly articulated by Mill and marginal economists. Therefore, at the early stages of its evolution, the homo economicus model would have been much more resistant to the objections formulated against it by the 20th-century critics.en_GB
dc.description.sponsorshipPublication of English-language versions of the volumes of the "Annales. Ethics in Economic Life" financed through contract no. 501/1/P-DUN/2017 from the funds of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education devoted to the promotion of scholarship.en_GB
dc.publisherWydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiegoen_GB
dc.relation.ispartofseriesAnnales. Ethics in Economic Life;6
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dc.subjecthomo economicusen_GB
dc.subjectEconomic Manen_GB
dc.subjectmarginal economicsen_GB
dc.subjectJohn Stuart Millen_GB
dc.subjectAlfred Marshallen_GB
dc.titleThe early stages in the evolution of Economic Man. Millian and marginal approachesen_GB
dc.contributor.authorAffiliationUniversity of Lodz, Faculty of Economics and Sociology, Department of the History of Economic Thought and Economic History
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