Exploring and Comparing the Concept of Value:
Economic, Social and Spiritual Viewpoints

By Farhad Sabetan

First presented at the Irfan Colloquia Session #109
Bosch Bahá'í School: Santa Cruz, California, USA
May 16–20, 2012
(see list of papers from #109)

    This presentation explores the relationship between economic, social, and spiritual values. The term "value" is freely used in all three domains to connote a concept. Upon reflection, however, "value" appears to imply drastically divergent notions in each context. If so, why is a single word associated with such dramatically incongruent concepts? If not, could there be a common framework that would justify using the terminology to coherently unify a concept within these domains. Various aspects of values are discussed within each discipline as a first step in answering the above questions.

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