XV. Graupe, The Basho of Economics Silja Graupe, The Basho of Economics. An Intercultural Dialogue on the Process of Economics. Translated and Introduced by Roger Gathman, 2007. (325 p. ; ISBN 978-3-938793-08-04 ; 79 €) In the parlance of modern Japanese philosophy, the term Basho denotes a field of experience underlying all conceptions of reality, while remaining itself conceptually ungraspable. The Basho of Economics, then, refers to the economy’s hidden experiential ground, which has never been explicitly scrutinized, as such, by mainstream economics. We uncover this ground by discerning the tacit presuppositions of classical and neo-classical theories from the perspective of modern Japanese philosophy. In particular, we draw attention to the traditional atomist assumptions implicit in their equilibrium-centered models. By breaking through these assumptions, we reconstruct the economy as a functional and relational world of habitual and creative activity outside of the scope of mechanical laws. Silja Graupe is the leading figure in the new disciplinary field of intercultural economics, defined as the critique and reformulation of the foundations of economics in the light of the world’s philosophical and ethical traditions. She studied engineering and economics at the Technical University of Berlin, and in 2005 received her doctoral degree in economics from the same university. Her interest in Japanese philosophy dates back to her studies at Tokyo’s Sophia University in 1999. Her publications include “Japanese Modes of Business Behavior” (2002), “The Locus of Science and its Place in Japanese Culture” (2006) and “Do Daoist Principles Justify Laissez Faire Policies ?” (2007). She is currently working on redefining the role of knowledge and innovation in the economy, as they have been modeled in neo-classical economics, from the perspective of Japanese management and process philosophy. Table of Contents 1 INTRODUCTION 2 METHODOLOGICAL PRESUPPOSITIONS 3 THE IMPLICIT IMAGE OF THE PERSON IN ECONOMICS 3.1 The Actor in Objective Economic Method 3.2 Conceiving the Actor in Subjective Economic Methodologies 3.3 The Actor ‘Beyond’ the Subject-Object Split 4 THE IMPLICIT WORLD PICTURE OF ECONOMICS 4.1 The Definition of the Individual in Economic Methodology 4.2 The Determination of the Individual as a Context Dependent Existence (I) 4.3 The Determination of the Economic World 4.4 The Properties of the Economic World 4.5 The Determination of the Individual as a Context Dependent Existence (II) 4.6 The Significance of Egoism for the Economic World 4.7 The State and Its Relationship to the Market 4.8 A world ’Beyond’ Egoism 4.9 The Relation of the Economic World to Other Worlds 5 CONCLUSION 6 BIBLIOGRAPHY

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