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10-03 "The Relational Economy: A Buddhist and Feminist Analysis"


  • Julie A. Nelson


Writings on the topic of Buddhism and economics seem to be characterized by two very different attitudes towards economic life. The first, drawing from historical Buddhist teachings in primarily pre-industrial contexts, takes a largely positive view of commerce. The second, in which a modern influence is considerably more apparent, is suspicious of economics at a "systemic" level, and takes an antagonistic stance towards contemporary corporations and markets. This essay argues that the latter view is based on an unhelpful assimilation of a modern Western belief - the belief that economic systems are non-relational - and proposes a richer understanding.

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  • Julie A. Nelson, "undated". "10-03 "The Relational Economy: A Buddhist and Feminist Analysis"," GDAE Working Papers 10-03, GDAE, Tufts University.
  • Handle: RePEc:dae:daepap:10-03

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    1. Nelson, Julie A., 1992. "Gender, Metaphor, and the Definition of Economics," Economics and Philosophy, Cambridge University Press, vol. 8(01), pages 103-125, April.
    2. Julie A. Nelson, "undated". "10-06 "Does Profit-Seeking Rule Out Love? Evidence (or Not) from Economics and Law"," GDAE Working Papers 10-06, GDAE, Tufts University.
    3. Kevin P. Gallagher & Francisco Aguayo, "undated". "01-06 "The $6.1 Million Dollar Question"," GDAE Working Papers 01-06, GDAE, Tufts University.
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