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Social fiction and the discrediting of discourse
Arendt and the critique of the economic concept of society

  • Publication type: Journal article
  • Journal: Revue d’histoire de la pensée économique
    2018 – 1, n° 5
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  • Author: Pouchol (Marlyse)
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  • Abstract: Arendt reminds that society is a fiction. It is a theoretical object invented and endowed with a principle of imaginary unity, such as the invisible hand or the social contract whose main fault is to ignore that humans are speaking beings. These images, which are in themselves only a theoretic process, become problematic when they are taken for facts. And if it comes the project to install a social ideal in reality, this can only be done by seeking to eliminate communication between people.
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  • Pages: 139 to 157
  • Last edition: 2018
  • Journal: Journal of the History of Economic Thought, n° 5

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  • ISBN: 978-2-406-08067-1
  • ISSN: 2496-4646
  • DOI: 10.15122/isbn.978-2-406-08068-8.p.0139
  • Publisher: Classiques Garnier
  • Parution date: 06-08-2018
  • Periodicity: Biannual
  • Language: French
  • Keywords: Social fiction, invisible hand, social contract (contrat social), devaluation of ordinary language, the theorist’s language
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