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Meaning of Life: Exploring the Relation between Economics and Religion

Aloys Wijngaards and Esther-Mirjam Sent ()

Review of Social Economy, 2012, vol. 70, issue 1, 109-130

Abstract: This paper starts from the perspective that giving meaning to life is a key function of religion: through its narratives, rituals, creeds, and practices, religion clothes life in a meaningful frame. Interestingly, though, meaning of life has not yet appeared in studies on the relation between religion and economic behavior. As meaning of life may prove to be a crucial factor in understanding this relation, this paper seeks to develop a new approach to understanding the link between religion and economic behavior from the viewpoint of meaning of life.

Date: 2012
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DOI: 10.1080/00346764.2011.592277

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