Economists for Beginners by Bernard Caravan

By Bernard Caravan

Provides energetic reasons of the basic theories of 7 of the main influential economists, together with Adam Smith, Karl Marx, and John Maynard Keynes.

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And compare the two. If, given the probabilities involved, a particular act or policy seems likely to bring about significantly more benefits than costs, this counts in its favor. And if this expected benefit/cost balance is the highest among all plausible options, then this fact may count decisively in its favor. Cost-benefit analysis—at least, in the simple form represented here—has therefore only one question for our Iron Man case study: is this technology likely to bring about more benefits than costs?

Iron Man, vol. 1, #225 (December 1987). 20. , vol. 1, #229 (April 1988). ” 21. John Gray, Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007), p. 177. 22. , p. 14. 23. Quoted in Mangels, Iron Man: Beneath the Armor, p. 8. 24. Tales of Suspense #39 (March 1963). indd 24 12/29/09 1:33:34 PM TH E TECH NOLOG ICAL SU BVE RSION OF TECH NOLOGY: TONY STAR K, H E I DEGG E R, AN D TH E SU BJ ECT OF R ESISTANCE Rocco Gangle Got to Get Away: Engineering Escape Early in the 2008 film Iron Man, Tony Stark constructs the prototype for what will later become the Iron Man armor.

The history of technology happens to us as much as it is caused by us. Perhaps our technological world determines who we are even more than we determine what it is. In this way, for Heidegger the technological world runs the risk of converting everything—including human beings themselves—into mere material for spreading the logic of blind power “standing-reserve” everywhere. Heidegger suggested that the essence of technology is such that it tends of its own accord to do so, almost like a kind of world cancer.

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