Economics is essential in today's world, and yet mainstream
economists are increasingly under criticism for not taking into
account sufficiently many dimensions of real life, such as
political and moral values, human development, spirituality, and
people's widely shared aspiration to live more liberated lives.
This book offers a critical assessment of contemporary mainstream
economics by showing that the discipline has become much too narrow
and misses out on the full spectrum of human existence.
The book presents a careful, detailed analysis of the
limitations of neoclassical economics and of its post-neoclassical
successors: behavioral economics, neuroeconomics, and experimental
economics. It offers a deconstruction rooted in the "Integral"
philosophy developed over the past three decades by the
contemporary American thinker Ken Wilber. Distinguishing between
exterior and interior dimensions of human existence, it suggests
that economics could be made into a more inclusive and more
emancipatory science if it started to truly honor the genuinely
interior aspects of individuals and communities. Instead of
remaining stuck in the limitations of post-neoclassical theory, we
should make the move toward a new paradigm that, in the name of
science, promotes objectivity as well as subjectivity, and material
causality as well as existential awareness.
The result is a highly expanded sense of relevance for
economists, sociologists, and social scientists in general.
Combining methodologies from systems science, brain science,
ethno-methodology, and existentialism as well as from the great
spiritual traditions of humanity, Christian Arnsperger delineates
the requirements of a genuinely integral economics beyond today's
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