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Economics of Good and Evil

The Quest for Economic Meaning from Gilgamesh to Wall Street

Tomas Sedlacek and Foreword by Vaclav Havel

28 November 2013

ISBN: 9780199322183

384 pages

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Price: £12.99



In The Economics of Good and Evil, Sedlacek challenges widely-held beliefs about economics and culture by tracing the study and themes of economics throughout history.

  • Asks big questions about economic meaning and value in a clear and approachable style
  • Foreword by Vaclav Havel, essayist and first president of the Czech Republic (1993 - 2003)

About the Author(s)

Tomas Sedlacek, member of the National Economic Council, Czech Republic, and Foreword by Vaclav Havel

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.

Table of Contents

    oreword by Vaclav Havel
    Acknowledgments and Thanks
    PART I: Ancient Economics
    Chapter 1: The Epic of Gilgamesh: On effectiveness, Immortality and the Economics of Friendship
    Chapter 2: The Old Testament: Earthliness and Goodness
    Chapter 3: Ancient Greece
    Chapter 4: Christianity: Spirituality in the Material World
    Chapter 5: Descartes the Mechanic
    Chapter 6: Bernard Mandeville's Beehive of Vice
    Chapter 7: Adam Smith, Blacksmith of Economics
    PART II: Blasphemous Thoughts
    Chapter 8: Need for Greed - The History of Want
    Chapter 9: Progress and Sabbath Economics
    Chapter 10: The Axis of Good and Evil and the Bibles of Economics
    Chapter 11: The History of the Invisible Hand of the Market and Homo Oeconomicus
    Chapter 12: The History of Animal Spirits - the Dream Never Sleeps
    Chapter 13: MetaMathematics
    Chapter 14: Masters of Truth: Science, Myths and Faith
    Conclusion: Where the Wild Things Are