Translation of the third chapter of Undoing the Demos, a book where Wendy Brown seeks to understand how the emergence of homo oeconomicus has vanquished other figurations and interpellations of the human.
Brown first critically engages with Foucault’s theorization of homo oeconomicus in his Collège de France lectures on neoliberalism. She reproaches the French philosopher for not having paid enough attention to homo politicus, the locus of popular sovereignty that can resist the hegemony of homo oeconomicus. Next, she reflects upon the changing morphology and positioning of homo oeconomicus and homo politicus in the works of Adam Smith, Locke, Rousseau, Hegel, Marx, Bentham and J. S. Mill. Then, she analyzes the gender of contemporary homo oeconomicus and discusses the dissemination of homo oeconomicus via an order of normative reason and a governing rationality
built on that order.
Guizzo, D., Hessmann Dalaqua, G., & Paulino, S. (2017). Revisando Foucault: Homo politicus e homo oeconomicus. Translation of Wendy Brown's Undoing the Demos. https://doi.org/10.5380/dp.v14i1.48108