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

Author: Tomas Sedlacek
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2011
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A historical tour of economic ideas in world literature to examine the way societies have reconciled their moral values with economic forces.

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: Tomas Sedlacek
ISBN: 9780199767205 0199767203
OCLC Number: 768816039
Notes: Originaltitel: Ekonomie dobra a zla
Includes bibliographical references (p. 325-340) and index.
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. III: 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
Description: xii, 352 s. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: 1. The Epic of Gilgamesh: On effectiveness, Immortality and the Economics of Friendship; 2. The Old Testament: Earthliness and Goodness; 3. Ancient Greece; 4. Christianity: Spirituality in the Material World; 5. Descartes the Mechanic; 6. Bernard Mandeville's Beehive of Vice; 7. Adam Smith, Blacksmith of Economics; 8. Need for Greed --
The History of Want; 9. Progress and Sabbath Economics; 10. The Axis of Good and Evil and the Bibles of Economics; 11. The History of the Invisible Hand of the Market and Homo Oeconomicus; 12. The History of Animal Spirits --
the Dream Never Sleeps; 13. MetaMathematics; 14. Masters of Truth: Science, Myths and Faith
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