Capitalists without Capitalism: The Jains of India and the Quakers of the West

Capitalists without Capitalism: The Jains of India and the Quakers of the West

Capitalists without Capitalism: The Jains of India and the Quakers of the West

Capitalists without Capitalism: The Jains of India and the Quakers of the West

Synopsis

Professor Nevaskar explores two vastly different cultures--the Quakers of America and the Jains of India--to show how non-economic factors affect the development of economic systems.

Excerpt

Two powerful currents flow through western social thought: holism and elementarism. Holism expresses the conviction that society and culture are realities per se such that they obey their own laws despite the preferences of individuals. Elementarism expresses the conviction that society and culture are never other than the activities of individuals and have only such order as individuals yield to them. Quite apart from the question whether these two perspectives are ultimately irreconcilable conceptualizations or merely differences of emphasis, the dialogue of their adherents has led to a fuller exploration of social life than could have been anticipated had either occupied the field alone. in a few instances, problems posed from the standpoint of one perspective have been taken up and pursued further from the standpoint of the other. Such is the case with a tradition extending from Max Weber to which the present study belongs.

The idealistic social philosophy of Hegel was holistic . . .

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