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Aristotle’s Ethics – Class 4 Human Nature What is good for humans depends on what kind of beings we are What is good for lobsters is bound to be different from what is good for humans In ethics, “human nature” usually refers to basic psychological features all humans are assumed to have “Economic Man” This view sees humans as primarily consumers This view of human nature is often assumed in consumer economics It sees human nature as perfectly suited to capitalism Connected with egoism Features of “Economic Man” 1. Everyone wants to consume or enjoy as much as he can, without limit 2. Each person is indifferent to the welfare of others 3. People are lazy: they try to get the most consumption for the least effort Familiar ideas in capitalist society, about not others. Lakota Chief Sitting Bull criticized the possession-oriented US: “the love of possessions is a disease with them.”
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