Laszlo Zsolnai: Beyond Self: Ethical and Spiritual Dimensions of Economics. Peter Lang Academic Publishers, Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Brussels, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2014. (This book may be available at Peter Lang)
This book addresses ethical and spiritual issues in economics. The central idea advanced in the book is that the extreme focus on the self by economic actors leads to the destruction of both material and non-material values. The assumptions of self-interest in behavior represent the core of mainstream economics today. From this perspective, the welfare of economic agents depends on their own consumption; their goal is to maximize their own welfare; and their choice is guided by the pursuit of their own goals. Throughout the book the author argues that self-interest-based actions and policies have a detrimental impact on nature, future generations, and society at large. If we want to survive and flourish in the material world we have to transcend the self and embrace wholeness.