Sonya Scott - Rejoinder on animal spirits in Descartes and Keynes: a response to Kurt Smith

jpe:10741 - Journal of Philosophical Economics, November 20, 2020, Volume XIII Issue 2 - https://doi.org/10.46298/jpe.10741
Rejoinder on animal spirits in Descartes and Keynes: a response to Kurt SmithArticle

Authors: Sonya Scott 1

This essay serves as a response to Kurt Smith, who wrote a philosophical and historical commentary on my 2018 essay entitled ‘Crises, confidence and animal spirits: exploring subjectivity in the dualism of Descartes and Keynes’ in The Journal of Philosophical Economics. It also provides a rejoinder to my original commentary on the role of animal spirits in relation to dualism in the work of Descartes and Keynes. I address Smith’s historical-philosophical response to my work in three ways. First, I revisit Gilbert Ryle’s concept of the intellectualist legend with respect to understanding the Cartesian tradition of thought and expand upon my own exegetical approach in order to clear up the thorny issue of determining and asserting authorial intention. Second, I address the problem of establishing analogies between texts and disciplines. In order to do so I will revisit my earlier critique of the concept of ‘the Economy’ and show that, contra to Smith’s reading, it is not in fact analogous to Descartes’ ‘human being.’ Finally, I open up a fresh exploration of the nature of the relationship between economic rationality and economic system, looking at the broader economic vision of Keynes and some of his notorious opponents – Ludwig von Mises and Friedrich Hayek.


Volume: Volume XIII Issue 2
Section: Articles
Published on: November 20, 2020
Imported on: December 28, 2022
Keywords: animal spirits,economic rationality,dualism,the Economy,epistemological subjectivity,[SHS]Humanities and Social Sciences

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