Construction of homo oeconomicus

by Julia Ryng


(W)e are no longer creatures of moral autonomy, freedom orequality. We no longer choose our ends or the means to them. We are no longer even creatures of interest relentlessly seeking to satisfy ourselves. In this respect, the construal of homo oeconomicus as human capital leaves behind not only homo politicus, but humanism itself.

Brown, W. (2015) ‘Undoing Democracy: Neoliberalism’s Remaking of State and Subject’. Zone Books. New York, pg 42.