Scholarly Comments on Academic Economics

Notes of an Atheist on Economics and Religion


Read this article

Access statistics
1,930 article downloads
7,295 complete issue downloads
Total: 9,225


Mainstream economics is constrained by methodological individualism, which ignores many aspects of human existence and interaction. Methodological individualism itself propagates certain attitudes and outlooks that can become self-fulfilling by channelling human behaviour into the simplistic straitjacket of self-interest. A sense of ethics and therefore of spirituality is necessary to understand the complexities of human and social behaviour as well as to ground economic policy advice in a fundamental morality.