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Etienne Helmer
University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras (San Juan, PR 00925-2512)
Ancient Greek Philosophers on Economics

Preparation of a book-length study about ancient Greek philosophy and economics.

This award will support completion of research started five years ago on ancient Greek philosophers on economics, producing a scholarly book on this understudied but decisive topic. My claim is that the ancient Greek approach to economic issues is not a prescientific or immature one as it has been unduly viewed up so far, but a philosophical one, based on specific methods, problems and concepts. The purpose of the Greek philosophers on economics was to understand not only economic issues but also their significance for human life, raising questions rather than providing us with explanatory scientific tools. Ancient Greek economics was not a mere profit-oriented skill but an art and a thought dealing with the management of our needs, with all their ethical and political implications. This book will benefit both anthropological studies on ancient Greece and contemporary reflections on what economy is and means.

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Project fields:
Ancient History; Economic History; History of Philosophy

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Research Programs

$33,600 (approved)
$33,600 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2018 – 1/31/2019