Art, Spirituality and Economics

Liber Amicorum for Laszlo Zsolnai

  • Luk Bouckaert
  • Knut J. Ims
  • Peter Rona

Part of the Virtues and Economics book series (VIEC, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Luk Bouckaert, Knut J. Ims, Peter Rona
      Pages 3-9
  3. The Power of Art

  4. Beyond Rational Ethics

  5. Economics and the Creation of Meaning

About this book


This volume celebrates the work of Laszlo Zsolnai, a leading researcher and scholar in the field of the ethical and spiritual aspects of economic life, who has made significant contributions to the connection between ethics, spirituality, aesthetics and economic theory. The book offers a selection of essays concerned with the ethical, spiritual and aesthetic context within which economics as a social studies discipline should be situated in order to avoid the sort of dehumanising consequences that theories based on utility maximisation and rational choice necessarily entail. It presents the economic activities of human beings not as some sort of preordained obedience to universal laws that operate independently of other human concerns, but, rather, as a part of the human desire for the Aristotelian good life. It looks at the various considerations –moral, spiritual and aesthetic – that take part in the formation of economic decisions in sharp contrast with theories that purport to explain economic phenomena solely on the basis of utility maximisation.


Economic Ethics Art and spirituality Virtues and economics Laszlo Zsolnai Virtuous circle of hope Nature’s Awesome Artwork Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper Food, conviviality, sharing, and spirituality Goya’s “el perro” (the dog) Ethics and Spirituality Zsolnai on Human Motivations Science and Spirituality Relationships and Economy in the Bible Sense Making Economics Gross National Product vs. Gross National Happiness Corporate Social Responsibility Aesthetics of Energy Resilience Management and Liberal Arts Universalism in Legal and Fiscal Intervention Virtues and Business Ethics

Editors and affiliations

  • Luk Bouckaert
    • 1
  • Knut J. Ims
    • 2
  • Peter Rona
    • 3
  1. 1.Catholic University of LeuvenLeuvenBelgium
  2. 2.Department of Strategy and ManagementNorwegian School of EconomicsBergenNorway
  3. 3.Blackfriars HallUniversity of OxfordSt. Giles, OxfordUnited Kingdom

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