On the Economics of Subselves

Toward a Metaeconomics

Authored by: Gary D. Lynne

Handbook of Contemporary Behavioral Economics

Print publication date:  July  2006
Online publication date:  January  2015

Print ISBN: 9780765613028
eBook ISBN: 9781315703879
Adobe ISBN: 9781317469162


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When is it useful or not useful to look upon an individual as a single unit, a "Cohesive Self"? When is it useful or not useful to look upon any one as being constituted of many parts, each with an identity of its own? When is it more useful to see ourselves as part of the greater whole? I use the term "useful" rather than "true" since all are true—simultaneously and at all times.

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