Sismondi's forgotten ethical critique of early capitalism

  title={Sismondi's forgotten ethical critique of early capitalism},
  author={Ross E. Stewart},
  journal={Journal of Business Ethics},
The purpose of this paper is to bring attention to Sismondi's forgotten ethical critique of laissez-faire capitalism. It is a forgotten critique because Sismondi has to a large extent been neglected in the literature. He has been too quickly labelled an ‘economic romanticist’. It is ethical because Sismondi questioned what he called chrematistics, which to him was becoming the chief end of economics. Chrematistics is the science of the increase of wealth conceived of abstractly and not in… Expand
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