feel that money and what we perceive as the psyche (or soul) are bitter
enemies—do we choose money or soul, finance or feelings, markets
or common humanity? Money and Soul traces the origins of these opposing
concepts, and the emotions that money provokes.
Economic ideas often stand out as being universal, globally valid and
without cultural ties. But when money is viewed in its cultural
and philosophical context, it becomes evident that the money of today
is a particular system of symbols—something that society itself
has devised over many centuries—that both reflects and reinforces
society’s dominant concerns.
the twenty-first century, our major concerns include social cohesion,
global warming, and environmental destruction. Per Espen Stoknes shows
how new forms of money can be developed that will encourage us to act
in ways that protect these critically important aspects of our world
that are currently excluded from the money system. He shows how
currencies for natural and social capital could work in tandem with the
manufactured capital that defines our monetary system to the exclusion
of all else.
Money and Soul
opens up new methods of looking at, thinking about, and using money. It
points to a future where our ideas about money will be greatly
expanded; a future with different kinds of money—used for
different social purposes—in circulation.
Money And Soul
The Psychology Of Money And The Transformation Of Capitalism
by Per Espen Stoknes
Green Books, 2009