Wanting: Teaching Economics as Contemplative Inquiry
Publication Year: 2013
Publisher: Center for Contemplative Mind in Society
Source ID: shanti-sources-83361
Collection: Contemplative Pedagogy in Higher Education
Abstract: Economics is often defined as the study of the allocation of scarce resources. But “scarcity” doesn’t simply exist: it is produced by the interaction of our wanting and what exists or is produced, viz. the interaction of demand and supply. Hence, the fundamental economic problem is the management of the tension between what is produced and our desiring, our wanting. At the core of the study of economics and the systems that arise from it is an inquiry into the nature of our wanting.