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ROBERT, Jean. The return of the knowledges of subsistence. Polis [online]. 2012, vol.11, n.33, pp.269-282. ISSN 0718-6568.

The economic crisis is what Illich called «a real crisis» because it supports two opposite solutions: 1. increasing dependencies to markets; 2.selectively renounce to certain goods and services. This paper argues for the secondsolution. To make it possible, the history and epistemology of economics are moreimportant than all the micro-and macroeconomics. Choosing the first solution willonly increase a characteristic of modern economy which is its ability to generatewealth summits alongside depths of misery. Seen as an invitation to selectiverenunciation, the crisis can be a stimulus to the real policy options, that is, theoptions that seriously consider the return of subsistence knowledges that weresubjugated by the economic system.

Palabras clave : Subsistence; scarcity; poverty and misery (as distinct realities); epistemic wars.

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