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Economics of good and evil : the quest for economic meaning from Gilgamesh to Wall Street

Author: Tomáš Sedláček
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2011.
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Argues that economics is a cultural phenomenon, rather than a strictly mathematical entity, that is found in mythology, religion, philosophy, psychology, literature, and film.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tomáš Sedláček
ISBN: 9780199767205 0199767203
OCLC Number: 651487395
Description: xii, 352 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Foreword / Vaclav Havel --
Introduction: the story of economics: from poetry to science --
I: Ancient economics and beyond --
The epic of Gilgamesh: on effectiveness, immortality, and the economics of friendship --
The Old Testament: earthliness and goodness --
Ancient Greece --
Christianity: spirituality in the material world --
Descartes the mechanic --
Bernard Mandeville's beehive of vice --
Adam Smith, blacksmith of economics --
II: Blasphemous thoughts --
Need for greed: the history of want --
Progress, new Adam, and Sabbath economics --
The axis of good and evil and the Bibles of economics --
The history of the invisible hand of the market and homo economicus --
The history of animal spirits: the dream never sleeps --
Metamathematics --
Masters of truth: science, myths, and faith --
Conclusion: where the wild things are.
Other Titles: Ekonomie dobra a zla.
Responsibility: Tomas Sedlacek.
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