- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; Reprint edition (October 3, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 019932218X
- ISBN-13: 978-0199322183
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.7 x 6.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 55 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #541,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Economics of Good and Evil: The Quest for Economic Meaning from Gilgamesh to Wall Street Reprint Edition
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"Sedlacek takes mainstream economics as his clay, digging both his arms in up to the elbows in an attempt to explain the beliefs and ethical values underlying modern economics." - The New York Times
"There has long been a profound moral drive in Czech culture, seeking an ever larger view of the human, and trying to break through conceptual barriers to do so. In this sinewy and marvelous voyage of discovery, Tomas Sedlacek calls us all to think more imaginatively, more fully, and more concretely about economics than we have done for many generations. Many thinkers, including not a few economists, will be stimulated to new explorations by this book." -Michael Novak, author of The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism
"Economics of Good and Evil is an enchanting tour de force, offering the general public an unusual, erudite, and riveting view of the world. Scientists and scholars can choose how to read this book: either condemn it for its lack of a rigidly and traditionally scientific approach, or accept it as an invigorating elixir providing inspiration and vision for further study. I take it as the latter and I am certain the public will too." - Jan Svejnar, Professor of Business, Economics and Public Policy, University of Michigan
"A widely admired economist who sits on the National Economic Council in Prague radically rethinks his field, challenging assumptions about the business world in this work, a bestseller in the Czech Republic."-Publishers Weekly
"Tomas Sedlacek proposes no less than a 'humanomics,' a view of our fate in this world of scarcity that takes account of human stories and philosophies. Economists have crippled themselves by their lack of scholarly breadth, and their 'scientific' disdain for human words. Sedlacek, who ranges from the epic of Gilgamesh to the movie The Matrix, cannot be accused of lack of breadth. What is most impressive, though, is his depth, drilling down into the soul of economics." -Deirdre McCloskey, author of Bourgeois Virtues: Ethics for an Age of Commerce and The Cult of Statistical Significance
About the Author
Tomas Sedlacek lectures at Charles University and is a member of the National Economic Council in Prague, where the original version of this book was a national bestseller and was also adapted as a popular theater-piece. He worked as an advisor of Vaclav Havel, the first Czech president after the fall of communism, and is a regular columnist and popular radio and TV commentator.
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Sedlacek's sense that the interweaving of ethics and economics is as old as recorded history begins with civilization's oldest extent written document, The Epic of Gilagmesh, in which Gilgamesh is found building a wall around his city, employing workers laboring under the most dire conditions of existence. At the end of the story, Gilgamesh abandons this effort, realizing the the search for happiness within the realm of human friendship is more important than wall building drudgery. This foundation points Sedlacek's survey forward to include surveys of Greek, Jewish and Christian economic philosophies, moving inexorably to the time of Adam Smith and beyond, culminating in Fukuyama's faith, in his "End of History", in the climactic victory of democratic capitalism as the final form of world government. Even in Adam Smith, who was a moralist before he was an economist, Sedlacek clearly points out that moral concerns enter into Smith's "Wealth of Nations", a reality with which the economic moral neutralists have found it difficult to deal.
For all those readers who are concerned with the current political and moral conflict between defenders and critics of the current growing economic inequality in the U.S., an issue, which will undoubtably affect the outcome of the 2012 Presidential election, the reading of Sedlacek's book is a must. It is not always an easy go in reading, but it is a lot more readable and enjoyable than many philosophical surveys. I highly recommend it.
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