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Metaeconomics Defined


Metaeconomics (met′ə ē′kə näm′iks) n.  1.  an economics that broadens rational economic choice to include the moral and ethical dimension within a shared other-interest,  2.  an economic theory that sees human nature as  primarily seeking an egoistic-hedonistic based self-interest which is tempered by the empathy-sympathy based other(ethics based, shared with others, yet internalized within ownself)-interest 3.  an economic theory positing that individuals seek to maximize own-interest which involves maximizing a joint self&other-interest  4.  an economics seeing the virtue of prudence at the core of the more primal self-interest, and the core of the other-interest reflecting the other virtues--- temperance, justice, courage, faith, hope and love  5. an economics that sees the central role of liberty, freedom and independence of the individual, but yet seeing the equally essential human need for connection with common cause as represented in the other(shared with others)-interest  6. an economics seeing self-sacrifice in both domains of interest as essential to maximizing the own-interest



Further dimensions include:

7. seeing an empathy economy in terms like that described in Adam Smith's theory of moral sentiments, i.e. imagining oneself in the state of others in the community (and the ecosystem within which the economy and community is embedded) and as a result tempering one's own internalized pursuit of self-interest  8. an economics that recognizes the essential need for joining in sympathy with (i.e. evolve a shared ethic in a moral and ethical community), and internalizing  it within the  other(shared with others)-interest,  9. an economics seeing the potential for value V emerging in Other Forums beyond price P in the Market Forum,  10. an economics seeing V generally not commensurable with P, so V ---> P, as in the moral and ethical system influencing the price in the Market, 11. seeing the possibility for values emerging on terms greater than the sum of the parts, as described by synergism arising in the  interaction and feedback between egoistic-hedonistic and empathy-sympathy, ego&empathy, self&other-interest based pursuits  12.  an  economics based in philosophical pragmatism rather than in the traditional utilitarian philosophical base of microeconomics  13.  an economics recognizing inherent connectivity with the individual and the economy, both being embedded within the social and natural (Spaceship Earth) system  14. an economics seeing explicit consideration of the content of the moral community within an ethical system as a main focus of the policy process in a liberal and humane democracy based capitalism, and thus giving analytical content to the metaphor of the invisible hand  15.  an economics pointing to the visible hand as the way to ensure the best ethical moral and ethical content is embedded in the invisible hand, 16. a humanistic economics, going beyond Bentham and back to Adam Smith to make for a virtuous commercial society, 17. an economics changed in form, altered, transformed while building upon both thermodynamic (spaceship-earth system, ecosystem) and humanistic principles.   


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