Publications

Beyond Materialism & Reductionism

Laszlo Zsolnai gave a keynote presentation entitled “Beyond Materialism and Reductionism“ in The Awakened Campus Global Initiative Conference in November 29-30, 2022 at Columbia University. Zsolnai argued that today’s mainstream social practices and the professions are based on strong materialist and reductionist assumptions. He showed that spiritually informed social practices can lead to better and more satisfying results than materialist and reductionist models of current mainstream practices. Zsolnai called for whole person education, that is,… Read More »Beyond Materialism & Reductionism

The Awakened Brain

Laszlo Zsolnai’s review on Lisa Miller’s book “The Aawkened Brain” has been published in Journal of Management, Spirituality & Religion 19(5) October 2022. pp. 546-549. DOI: https://doi.org/10.51327/YYAK1825 Lisa Miller is a professor of psychology at Columbia University who has a joint appointment at Columbia Teachers College and Columbia Medical School. She is a well-known scholar in the field of spirituality and depression and serves as the founding director of the Spirituality Mind Body Institute at… Read More »The Awakened Brain

Spirituality and Economics

My paper on “Spirituality and Economics” has been published in the Journal for the Study of Spirituality in the UK. https://doi.org/10.1080/20440243.2022.2126136 This paper argues that mainstream economics is a materialist and reductionist science. It criticizes the core assumptions of mainstream economics – namely, the existence of ‘Homo Oeconomicus’ and the goals of profit maximization, economic efficiency, and economic growth; and shows that these goals lead to an economy that is not only unhealthy for people… Read More »Spirituality and Economics

Happiness and Economics

An intensive course on Happiness and Economics will be organized by the Business Ethics Center at Corvinus University in September 5-9, 2022. (See attachments) Program Boldogság és gazdaság 2022 ősz A kurzus oktatói Projektmunka 1a Colin Ash Boldogság és közgazdaságtan 1b Toward-a-Sustainable-Wellbeing-Economy 2 Slow food 3 Which countries are best at converting economic growth into well-being_ _ World Economic Forum 4 Knut Ims From Welfare to Wellbeing and Happiness 5 A közösségi gazdaság 6 Can… Read More »Happiness and Economics

Economy and Religion

The book on “Economy & Religion: Innovative Models of Economic Spirituality” has been published in Hungarian by Corvinus University of Budapest in July 2022. The book is edited by Laszlo Zsolnai, Gabor Kovacs, and Andras Ocsai. The project was financed by National Research, Development and Innovation Fund (NKFI) Mecenatura 2021 Program (MEC_K 140856 Grant). This open access book can be downloaded from: http://unipub.lib.uni-corvinus.hu/7537/#   The book offers a comprehensive picture about the main economic conceptions… Read More »Economy and Religion

Ecologies of Transdisciplinary Research

Paul Shrivastava, Laszlo Zsolnai, David Wasieleski, and Philippe Mairesse: “Ecologies of Transdisciplinary Research” Ground Works 2022 August  https://groundworks.io/journal/commentaries/9 In this paper the authors consider transdisciplinarity to be qualitatively different from interdisciplinarity or multidisciplinarity in several crucial ways. Transdisciplinary work takes its problems from the real world and not disciplinary gaps in knowledge or combining disciplines for innovative new understandings. Transdisciplinarity involves co-creation of integrated knowledge across disciplines with stakeholders to solve problems on the ground.… Read More »Ecologies of Transdisciplinary Research

Global Perspectives on Indian Spirituality and Management

Sanjoy Mukherjee and László Zsolnai (Eds.): Global Perspectives on Indian Spirituality and Management. The Legacy of S.K. Chakraborty (2022. Springer.) See: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-981-19-1158-3 The book presents novel insights into the applicability of Indian spirituality in today’s business and management. It introduces new models of ethical and spiritual management and leadership and facilitates the India–Europe dialog on globalization and economic development through the prism of Indian spirituality. This book brings together a collection of articles from eminent… Read More »Global Perspectives on Indian Spirituality and Management

Spirituality, religion and the functioning of the economy

Laszlo Zsolnai: “Spirituality, religion and the functioning of the economy” JOURNAL FOR THE STUDY OF SPIRITUALITY 2022. No. 1. This article describes the background to, and focus of, a new and extensive research program being undertaken at the Corvinus Institute for Advanced Studies of the Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary. Entitled the Economy and Religion Program, it aims to explore and study the multiple roles that religion and spirituality play in the functioning of the… Read More »Spirituality, religion and the functioning of the economy

Slow Life – Slow Business

The Ludwig Museum in Budapest and the Business Ethics Center of Corvinus University of Budapest organized an online international workshop on “Slow Life – Slow Business” on March 18, 2022 15.00 – 17.30 (CET). It was part of the TRANS-GENERATIVES 2030 program of UNESCO Chair in Art and Science of Sustainable Development Goals at ICN Business School, Nancy. The workshop is based on and develop further the “SLOW LIFE. Radical Practices of the Everyday” exhibition… Read More »Slow Life – Slow Business

Wellbeing Oriented Organizations

I published a major paper on Wellbeing Oriented Organizations with Paul Shrivastava (Penn State University). We argue for connecting human flourishing with ecological regeneration and provide real world examples of innovative business and social organizations doing this. The paper is available online as open access publication at https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/beer.12421