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Religion as Paradigm

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  • Howard Margolis

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The paper considers some aspects of rival beliefs in religion as against rival beliefs in science. This can easily account for why tolerance is far more characteristic of science, but leaves some question about the extreme zeal that has often marked religious rivalry. One essential aspect seems to be the link between religion and morality, so that the choice of religion comes to be seen as a choice between good and evil. In turn, that is best understood as reflecting (perversely here) innate social propensities of human beings, which ties the discussion to broader concerns of institutional economics.

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  • Howard Margolis, 1997. "Religion as Paradigm," Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics (JITE), Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, vol. 153(1), pages 242-242, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:mhr:jinste:urn:sici:0932-4569(199703)153:1_242:rap_2.0.tx_2-l
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    Cited by:

    1. Torgler, Benno, 2003. "To evade taxes or not to evade: that is the question," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 32(3), pages 283-302, July.
    2. Torgler, Benno, 2006. "The importance of faith: Tax morale and religiosity," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 61(1), pages 81-109, September.

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    • A13 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Social Values
    • A14 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Sociology of Economics

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