Economics is the imperial science, for a good reason. Economics has exported its methods, constructs and approaches to all realms of social science; they have proven extremely fruitful. The reason, perhaps, is that a good economist must be a Renaissance person of sorts; hence the ability to generate universally applicable concepts.
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Devout Christians like Hugh have a tendency to equate morality, which is universal, with mitzvot (or taboos), which are particular and serve to establish and reinforce ties to a tribe or community of faith.
Very well put.