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Tomas Sedlacek, Economics of Good and Evil: The Quest for Economic Meaning from Gilgamesh to Wall Street

Tomas Sedlacek, Economics of Good and Evil: The Quest for Economic Meaning from Gilgamesh to Wall... BOOK REVIEWS record of historical progress in Mesopotamia. How- Economics of Good and Evil: The ever, the Hebrews conceived progress as relating to not Quest for Economic Meaning from only material things but mainly to spiritual matters. Gilgamesh to Wall Street This conception of progress changed much later when, as noted by Keynes, growth and material advancement appeared 300 years ago. An interesting observation relates to the Egyptians, By Tomas Sedlacek (with foreword by Vaclav Havel). who are credited with the foundation of bureaucracy 2011. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Pp. 368. $27.95 and regulation. Similarly, Egypt is credited with the hardcover. acknowledgement of business cycles through Pharaoh’s dream of seven years of abundance followed by seven Business Economics (2013) 48, 205–206. years of famine. The Hebrew interpretation of the doi:10.1057/be.2013.19 causes of business cycles was that they were God’s punishment vs. God’s blessing. The role of money in the Old Testament is also noted. In the chapter on omas Sedlacek’s book on the economics of good Ancient Greece we learn that the first economist was T and evil first appeared in the Czech language in Hesiod, his main economic contention being an asser- 2009 and within a few weeks http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Business Economics Springer Journals

Tomas Sedlacek, Economics of Good and Evil: The Quest for Economic Meaning from Gilgamesh to Wall Street

Business Economics , Volume 48 (3): 2 – Jul 1, 2013

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Springer Journals
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2013 National Association for Business Economics
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0007-666X
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1554-432X
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10.1057/be.2013.19
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BOOK REVIEWS record of historical progress in Mesopotamia. How- Economics of Good and Evil: The ever, the Hebrews conceived progress as relating to not Quest for Economic Meaning from only material things but mainly to spiritual matters. Gilgamesh to Wall Street This conception of progress changed much later when, as noted by Keynes, growth and material advancement appeared 300 years ago. An interesting observation relates to the Egyptians, By Tomas Sedlacek (with foreword by Vaclav Havel). who are credited with the foundation of bureaucracy 2011. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Pp. 368. $27.95 and regulation. Similarly, Egypt is credited with the hardcover. acknowledgement of business cycles through Pharaoh’s dream of seven years of abundance followed by seven Business Economics (2013) 48, 205–206. years of famine. The Hebrew interpretation of the doi:10.1057/be.2013.19 causes of business cycles was that they were God’s punishment vs. God’s blessing. The role of money in the Old Testament is also noted. In the chapter on omas Sedlacek’s book on the economics of good Ancient Greece we learn that the first economist was T and evil first appeared in the Czech language in Hesiod, his main economic contention being an asser- 2009 and within a few weeks

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Business EconomicsSpringer Journals

Published: Jul 1, 2013

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