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Author Pyysiinen, Ilkka

Title Religion, Economy, and Cooperation
Edition Second edition
Published Berlin : Walter de Gruyter, 2010
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Description 1 online resource (250 pages)
Series Religion and Reason
Religion and reason.
Contents Frontmatter; Contents; Servants of Two Masters: Religion, Economy, and Cooperation; Religious Culture and Cooperative Prediction under Risk: Perspectives from Social Neuroscience; Rational Choice Theory and Bounded Rationality; Playing against Superior Beings in Religion, Technology and Economy; Durkheim and Psychology; Religion and the Emergence of the Rule of Law; Max Weber Revisited; The Market, God, and the Ascetic Life; Backmatter
Summary This volume addresses the issue of religion and economy in the evolution of human cooperation. Both religious practices and economic behaviour create and sustain intra-group cooperation by providing people with common goals and values. Even if individuals are selfish maximizers of utility, in the end everybody benefits from being part of a cooperative community, the market. The rules of the market are the invisible hand which turns selfishness into cooperation. In the same way, God beliefs constrain individual selfishness and ensure cooperation within the group
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Subject Cooperation -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Cooperation -- Religious aspects.
Economics -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Economics -- Religious aspects.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 3110246333
9783110246339