6/1/2011

Tomas Sedlacek: Economics of Good and Evil

The Ambassador of the Czech Republic, the Czech-British Chamber of Commerce and the Czech Centre London present the launch of Tomas Sedlacek’s book in London



On Tuesday 14 June 2011 Tomas Sedlacek, the  leading Czech economist considered one of the ‘five hot minds in economics’ by the Yale Economic Review, will be in conversation with HE Michael Zantovsky, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the UK and Mr Jan Fischer, Vice-President of EBRD and former Czech Prime Minister.

The book launch followed by a debate will take place at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in London. This CBCC prime event followed by a reception is by invitation only.
In his book Economics of Good and Evil Tomas Sedlacek provides a tour de force exploration of economic thinking over the millennia. He mines the resources of myth, religion, anthropology and the arts, ranging from the epic of Gilgamesh and the Old Testament to the emergence of Christianity; from Descartes to Fight Club and The Matrix; blowing open our thinking with provocative questions: Is growth the only answer? Are we addicted to desire? Does it pay to be good?
 

Tomas Sedlacek
 
Tomas Sedlacek (1977) is a Chief Macroeconomic Strategist at ČSOB. He served on the National Economic Council, an advisory body to the Czech Prime Minister. He also worked as an economic advisor to President Václav Havel and to the Minister of Finance.  He is a Yale University World Fellow and PhD student at Charles University, where he lectures. He is a regular columnist and a sought-after media commentator. The Czech edition of his book Economics of Good and Evil, The Quest for Economic Meaning from Gilgamesh to Wall Street in which he explores economic thinking over the millennia, sold 50,000 copies, and has been turned into a three-man play which is regularly selling out the Prague National Theatre.
Tomas Sedlacek belongs to the generation who promise a new view of the problems of the contemporary world... Instead of self-confident and self-centred answers, he humbly asks fundamental questions: What is economics? What is its meaning?
From the Foreword by Vaclav Havel, former President of the Czech Republic.

(source: http://london.czechcentres.cz/)


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