The Production of Seriousness: The Metaphysics of Economic Reason

Hardcover | January 15, 2012

byClaes Gustafsson

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This bookis about the roots of managerial rationality. A theoretical base, founded on the concept of 'memetics' is developed in order to explain human thinking and human reason as products of cultural evolution. Cultural change and development are explained by simple, value-driven memetic mechanisms like 'ritualization' and 'extremization'.

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This bookis about the roots of managerial rationality. A theoretical base, founded on the concept of 'memetics' is developed in order to explain human thinking and human reason as products of cultural evolution. Cultural change and development are explained by simple, value-driven memetic mechanisms like 'ritualization' and 'extremizat...

CLAES GUSTAFSSON is Professor of Industrial Economics and Management at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. In addition to this, he is an affiliated professor of industrial management at the Ångström Laboratories, Uppsala University in Sweden. His research interests include management and organization, business eth...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.65 × 5.64 × 0.86 inPublished:January 15, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230354882

ISBN - 13:9780230354883

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Table of Contents

PART I: TRUTH AND THE SELF-EVIDENT
The Bottomless Swamp of Social Science
Scientists
The Wall of Self-Evidence
Messages and the Feeling of Truth
PART II: PRACTICAL REASON
Work and Pleasure
Work as Activity
A Theory of Instrumental Action
Rational Common Sense
PART III: THE ELEMENTARY FORMS OF THE TRUTH EXPERIENCE
Will and Animistic Thinking
Totemic Thinking
Magic Thinking
Compelling Reason
Particular Reasoning
PART IV: THE RELATIVISTIC BASIS OF UNDERSTANDING
Nature and Human Reality
Culture
On Genetics and Memetics
Imitation and Assimilation
PART V: THE STRUCTURAL DYNAMICS OF SOCIAL THINKING
Socio-Genetic Dimensions of Perception
Memetic Dynamics
The Inevitability of Extremism
Production of Value
Homo Garrulus
PART VI: THE RELATIVISTIC PERSPECTIVE
Relativistic Method
The Collapse of Modernism
Cartesian Anxiety