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David Hume’s model of man: Classical Political Economy as ‘Inspired’ political economy
Review of Social Economy (2006)
  • Alain Marciano
Abstract
The purpose of this paper is to analyse David Hume’s model of man. We show that three major elements characterise his representation of man: first the weaknesses and limitations of human rationality; second, the psychological foundations of human behaviour, with a particular focus on the role of association in human cognition; and third, the collective dimension of individual learning through a process of communication based on sympathy. Therefore, we show that the theory of human nature and human cognition Hume proposes is different from the narrow view of man as homo œconomicus that is used by mainstream economists.
Keywords
  • David Hume,
  • Associationist Psychology,
  • Cognition,
  • Sympathy,
  • Homo OEconomicus
Publication Date
2006
Citation Information
Alain Marciano. "David Hume’s model of man: Classical Political Economy as ‘Inspired’ political economy" Review of Social Economy Vol. 64 Iss. 3 (2006)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/alain_marciano/17/