The Production of Seriousness: The Metaphysics of Economic Reason by C. GustafssonThe Production of Seriousness: The Metaphysics of Economic Reason by C. Gustafsson

The Production of Seriousness: The Metaphysics of Economic Reason

byC. Gustafsson

Hardcover | November 30, 2011

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This book is 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'.
CLAES GUSTAFSSON is Professor of Industrial Economics and Management (em.) at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. In addition to this he is an affiliated professor of industrial management at the Ångström Laboratories, Uppsala University Sweden. His research interests include management and organization, business ethi...
Title:The Production of Seriousness: The Metaphysics of Economic ReasonFormat:HardcoverDimensions:219 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.86 inPublished:November 30, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230354882

ISBN - 13:9780230354883


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