Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 153, Issue 1, pp 287–289 | Cite as

Review of The Cordial Economy: Ethics, Recognition and Reciprocity by Patrici Calvo

  • Daniel Pallarés-DomínguezEmail author
Book Review

What kind of economic mentality do we come from? What behaviors form the basis for such a mentality? Towards what kind of economic mentality is humankind heading? These are some of the initial questions asked by Patrici Calvo (PhD) in The Cordial Economy—Ethics, Recognition and Reciprocity, a fresh, contemporary, interdisciplinary work that studies the parameters of human economic behavior concerned mainly with the processes of ethical relationships between human beings and decision-making.

The traditional technical–scientific and economists’ approaches have tried to conceive of human rationality as free of values and apparently neutral. The development of classical economics to the present day has particularly adopted the system of revealed preference, the mathematization of reality, and the conception of the human being as a profit maximizer or homo oeconomicus (Conill 2004, pp. 141–198).

These three pillars had a common goal: the subordination of human behavior to an equation in...



This study is inserted within the objectives of the project of the grant for the hiring of postdoctoral research staff [APOSTD / 2017/003], Granted by the Consellería of Education, Culture and Sports of the Generalitat Valenciana (Spain), and the European Social Fund. It is also framed within the specific objectives of the research project of the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, entitled “Moral Neuroeducation for Applied Ethics” [FFI2016-76753-C2-2-P].

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department Filosofía y Sociología, Facultat de Ciències Humanes i SocialsUniversitat Jaume I de CastellónCastellón de la PlanaSpain

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