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Books by Luigino Bruni

The Economy of Salvation Ethical and Anthropological Foundations of Market Relations in the First Two Books of the Bible

The Economy of Salvation Ethical and Anthropological Foundations of Market Relations in the First Two Books of the Bible

Author: Luigino Bruni Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/03/2019

This book provides a systematic commentary on the first two books of the Bible: Genesis and Exodus. Drawing on these two essential books, it subsequently offers new readings of several issues relevant for today's economic and social life. Western Humanism has its own founding cultural and symbolic codes. One of them is the Bible, which has for millennia provided a wealth of expressions on politics and love, death and economy, hope and doom. Biblical stories have been revived and reinterpreted by hundreds of generations, and have informed many of our most beautiful works of art, not to mention the dreams of children and adults alike. And they have given us hope during the many painful times of exile and oppression that we have gone through, and are going through still. Among the books of the Bible, in both the Jewish and Christian traditions, Genesis and Exodus represent the true foundation of biblical theology and anthropology, but in them we also find the roots of the culture of markets, money and commerce, which would go on to flourish during the Middle Ages and ultimately form the 'spirit of capitalism' (Max Weber) or the 'religion of capitalism' (Walter Benjamin) in the modern era. This book examines the Biblical foundations of our conception of social relations, and offers new insights on the present economic and social discourse.

In the Beginning An Economist Reads the Book of Genesis

In the Beginning An Economist Reads the Book of Genesis

Author: Luigino Bruni Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/10/2017

This unique book offers an in-depth commentary on the Book of Genesis from an economic and anthropological point of view. Whilst the text appears to follow the Jewish and Christian tradition of bible commentary, it uniquely intertwines theological vision with explorations of the ethical, economics and social experiences depicted within the bible's stories. The book follows the characteristic attitude of Jewish and Christian practices in commenting on the Bible from the original standpoint of economics. From the creation of Adam and Eve, to Joseph's arrival in the house of Potiphar in Egypt, the chapters systematically examine well-known stories and parables to illuminate new parallels with our own time. Through this economist's interpretation, readers will see how money and profit can be presented as being synonymous with love and life; that the first angel of the Bible was sent to console a servant; and that the word 'profit' made its debut when Joseph was sold into slavery. This highly informative and thought-provoking work will appeal to theologians, philosophers, professional economists and those interested in religious studies.

A Lexicon of Social Well-Being

A Lexicon of Social Well-Being

Author: Luigino Bruni Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/04/2015

We must quickly learn how to live well in the world as it is today, including the realm of work. We need to learn a new vocabulary of economics and markets that is more suitable to understand the present world and that is likely to offer us the tools to act, and perhaps improve it as well.

The Charismatic Principle in Social Life

The Charismatic Principle in Social Life

Author: Luigino Bruni Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2015

Max Weber laid the foundations for the meaning of 'charisma' in modern secular usage. This new volume argues for the importance of the 'charismatic principle' in history, economics and society. This volume brings together a number of contributors at the cross section between economics, theology, sociology and politics in order to set a research agenda for the following issues: What does it means to have a 'charism'? How does it work in society? How might one distinguish a 'charism' from a talent? Are 'charism's given only to special people, or are they also present in ordinary people? Is a 'charism' necessarily associated with religion, or, is it, as we submit, possible to imagine 'charisms' at work within a secular perspective? Which are the principle perspectives of the role of 'charisms' in social history? How have the 'charisms' of noted personalities (e.g., Benedict, Francis, Gandhi) changed economic and social history? What insights might be drawn from 'civil charisms' such as the cooperative movement, non-profit organizations, social economy, and values-based organizations? This book seeks to answer these questions through the employment of an interdisciplinary perspective, which examines the theme of the charismatic principle in social life in different fields of application.

The Economics of Values-Based Organisations An Introduction

The Economics of Values-Based Organisations An Introduction

Author: Luigino Bruni, Alessandra Smerilli Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/07/2014

This book looks at the governance of values-based organizations (VBOs), which are organizations with a mission and identity based on ideals. Examples of VBOs include non-profit organizations, charities, NGOs, environmental, educational or cultural organizations, and social enterprises. The main objective of any VBO is to evolve and grow without losing its identity, which its survival is linked to in the medium and long terms. The focus of this book is the study of the relational and motivational dynamics during identity crisis, using critical mass models and Hirschman's exit and voice framework. This book analyses the dynamics that arise in VBOs when the quality of the ideal deteriorates. On the basis of Hirschman's exit and voice model, it analyses the factors that lead the best members - the intrinsically motivated ones who care most about the mission and ideals of the organization - to leave if their voice is ignored. We show that the possible cumulative effects caused by the exit of intrinsically motivated members can lead the organization to a process of deterioration. This book offers an analysis of these phenomena, which are usually studied in sociology or political science, by using an economic approach and the language of evolutionary game theory. By combining sociological politics and economics as a theoretical tool, we create a fresh approach to explore crises in organizations.

New Essays on Pareto's Economic Theory

New Essays on Pareto's Economic Theory

Author: Luigino Bruni Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/06/2014

Pareto's Manual of Political Economy, first published in 1905, introduced the analytical approach which has characterised a significant part of twentieth century economic theory. In particular, the Manual examined the ordinal representation of the individual choice, the issue of the general economic equilibrium and the Pareto optimality criterion for evaluating economic efficiency. The Manual also contained analyses of production, non-linear prices, non-competitive markets and the competition process, which have not yet been fully developed in modern mainstream economics. Based on Pareto's groundbreaking 'Manuale di Economia Politica', this edited collection brings together a selection of essays from some of the most authoritative scholars of Pareto, who discuss the relevance of Pareto's economics in the context of the present theoretical debate.

The Charismatic Principle in Social Life

The Charismatic Principle in Social Life

Author: Luigino Bruni Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/11/2012

Max Weber laid the foundations for the meaning of 'charisma' in modern secular usage. This new volume argues for the importance of the 'charismatic principle' in history, economics and society. This volume brings together a number of contributors at the cross section between economics, theology, sociology and politics in order to set a research agenda for the following issues: What does it means to have a 'charism'? How does it work in society? How might one distinguish a 'charism' from a talent? Are 'charism's given only to special people, or are they also present in ordinary people? Is a 'charism' necessarily associated with religion, or, is it, as we submit, possible to imagine 'charisms' at work within a secular perspective? Which are the principle perspectives of the role of 'charisms' in social history? How have the 'charisms' of noted personalities (e.g., Benedict, Francis, Gandhi) changed economic and social history? What insights might be drawn from 'civil charisms' such as the cooperative movement, non-profit organizations, social economy, and values-based organizations? This book seeks to answer these questions through the employment of an interdisciplinary perspective, which examines the theme of the charismatic principle in social life in different fields of application.

The Genesis and Ethos of the Market

The Genesis and Ethos of the Market

Author: Luigino Bruni Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/08/2012

A discussion of the anthropological roots of the market, tracing its development using the history of ideas and cultures as well as simple game theory. In his analysis of market ethics Bruni calls for a reconsideration of some of the central tenets of modern political economy, and the need for a new spirit of capitalism.

Reciprocity, Altruism and the Civil Society In praise of heterogeneity

Reciprocity, Altruism and the Civil Society In praise of heterogeneity

Author: Luigino Bruni Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/11/2009

The main emphasis of this new book from Luigino Bruni is a praise of heterogeneity, arguing that society works when different people are able to cooperate in many different ways. The author engages in a novel approach to reciprocity looking at its different forms in society, from cautious or contractual interactions, to the reciprocity of friendship to unconditional behaviour. Bruni'ss historical-methodological analysis of reciprocity is a way of examining the interface between political economy and the issue of sociality, generally characterized by 'two hundred years of solitude' of the homo economicus. This historical analysis exposes an absence and this book looks at the reasons why among the many forms of reciprocity present in the civil life economics has chosen to deal just with the simplest ones (contracts and repeated self-interested interactions). The second part of the book is an analysis (with repeated and evolutionary games) of the interactions of the three forms of reciprocity faced with a forth strategy; the non-reciprocity.

New Essays on Pareto's Economic Theory

New Essays on Pareto's Economic Theory

Author: Luigino Bruni Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/04/2009

Pareto's Manual of Political Economy, first published in 1905, introduced the analytical approach which has characterised a significant part of twentieth century economic theory. In particular, the Manual examined the ordinal representation of the individual choice, the issue of the general economic equilibrium and the Pareto optimality criterion for evaluating economic efficiency. The Manual also contained analyses of production, non-linear prices, non-competitive markets and the competition process, which have not yet been fully developed in modern mainstream economics. Based on Pareto's groundbreaking `Manuale di Economia Politica', this edited collection brings together a selection of essays from some of the most authoritative scholars of Pareto, who discuss the relevance of Pareto's economics in the context of the present theoretical debate.

Civil Happiness Economics and Human Flourishing in Historical Perspective

Civil Happiness Economics and Human Flourishing in Historical Perspective

Author: Luigino Bruni Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/02/2009

Economists have long laboured under the misapprehension that all humans exist as rational beings that find happiness in maximizing their personal utility. This impressive volume presents an historical review of the evolution of economic thought, from economic philosophy to contemporary mathematical economics, and its critique of how the human and social dimensions of economics have been lost in this evolutionary process. Examining the crucial period in the late eighteenth century when economists such Smith and Genovesi tried to reconcile the classical tradition of Civil humanism emerging commercial society, this key book analyses the impact that the hedonist approach to economics had in removing the ethical conception of happiness. In addition, it focuses on the impact that J.S. Mill, Wicksteed and Pareto had in shifting methodological thinking away from an emphasis on civil happiness. Simply put, this book is essential reading for economists everywhere.

Reciprocity, Altruism and the Civil Society In praise of heterogeneity

Reciprocity, Altruism and the Civil Society In praise of heterogeneity

Author: Luigino Bruni Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/05/2008

The main emphasis of this new book from Luigino Bruni is a praise of heterogeneity, arguing that society works when different people are able to cooperate in many different ways. The author engages in a novel approach to reciprocity looking at its different forms in society, from cautious or contractual interactions, to the reciprocity of friendship to unconditional behaviour. Bruni'ss historical-methodological analysis of reciprocity is a way of examining the interface between political economy and the issue of sociality, generally characterized by 'two hundred years of solitude' of the homo economicus. This historical analysis exposes an absence and this book looks at the reasons why among the many forms of reciprocity present in the civil life economics has chosen to deal just with the simplest ones (contracts and repeated self-interested interactions). The second part of the book is an analysis (with repeated and evolutionary games) of the interactions of the three forms of reciprocity faced with a forth strategy; the non-reciprocity.

Civil Economy Efficiency, Equity, Public Happiness

Civil Economy Efficiency, Equity, Public Happiness

Author: Luigino Bruni, Stefano Zamagni Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/08/2007

Civil Happiness Economics and Human Flourishing in Historical Perspective

Civil Happiness Economics and Human Flourishing in Historical Perspective

Author: Luigino Bruni Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/03/2006

Economists have long laboured under the misapprehension that all humans exist as rational beings that find happiness in maximizing their personal utility. This impressive volume presents an historical review of the evolution of economic thought, from economic philosophy to contemporary mathematical economics, and its critique of how the human and social dimensions of economics have been lost in this evolutionary process. Examining the crucial period in the late eighteenth century when economists such Smith and Genovesi tried to reconcile the classical tradition of Civil humanism emerging commercial society, this key book analyses the impact that the hedonist approach to economics had in removing the ethical conception of happiness. In addition, it focuses on the impact that J.S. Mill, Wicksteed and Pareto had in shifting methodological thinking away from an emphasis on civil happiness. Simply put, this book is essential reading for economists everywhere.