Molly Cato - The economist as shaman: revisioning our role for a sustainable, provisioning economy

jpe:10623 - Journal of Philosophical Economics, May 20, 2012, Volume V Issue 2 - https://doi.org/10.46298/jpe.10623
The economist as shaman: revisioning our role for a sustainable, provisioning economyArticle

Authors: Molly Cato 1

  • 1 University of Roehampton, United Kingdom

In view of the problems heterodox economists have faced in predicting, explaining and finding solutions to the financial and ecological crises facing humanity, the paper takes a wide-angle view of the question of what the role of an economist might be in a sustainable society. I argue that the role of an economist is one of an intermediary between people and the resources they need for survival, a role that in less rationalist societies might have been performed by a priest or shaman. I propose three central responsibilities for an economist in a sustainable society: supporting a process of re-embedding the economy in the environment; negotiating a respectful—even reverential—relationship between humans and non-human species; ensuring a means of acquiring resources that minimises the entropic impact of the human community.


Volume: Volume V Issue 2
Section: Articles
Published on: May 20, 2012
Imported on: December 28, 2022
Keywords: green economy,sustainability,economic methodology,[SHS]Humanities and Social Sciences

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