"Each [religious] tradition offers myths to teach us kindness and empathy. It doesn't matter much what myths one embraces, because, "at their best, all religious, philosophical, and ethical traditions are based on the principle of compassion.""The review is critical of the book and I probably share the concerns of the reviewer. But economics comes in with discussions of how people behave in capitalism.
The neureconomist Paul Zak studies what goes on in our brains and how that is related to empathy. He ties this to Adam Smith's theories on sympathy. I have posted some items about this at my "Dangerous Economist" blog. See
Adam Smith vs. Ace Ventura (it has links to some good articles on neuroeconomics)
New Biography Of Adam Smith
Adam Smith vs. Muhammad Yunus
Adam Smith vs. Bart Simpson
Science Proves That Adam Smith Was Right Over 200 Years Ago (sort of)