The Fable of the Bees
or, Private Vices, Publick Benefits
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Fable of the Bees by Bernard Mandeville
Book DescriptionA physician with a particular interest in psychological disorders and satirist, Mandeville published versions of his notorious Fable of the Bees from 1714 to 1732. Each was a defence and elaboration of his short satirical poem The Angry Hive, 1705. The version of the Fable of 1723 and 1732 are the fullest defences of his early paradox that social benefit is the unintended consequence of personal vice. It is an argument that is generally held to lie behind Adam Smith's doctrine of the 'hidden hand' of economic development.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780140445411
(198mm x 129mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 27-Apr-1989
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Bernard Mandeville
Grumbling Hive Revisited, Paperback / softback (July 2015)
With 400 lines of doggerel, Bernard de Mandeville's "The Grumbling Hive" offended 18th-century England with its assertion that a flourishing economy grew out of private greed, selfishness, and vice. Published three centuries ago, the short work is back for today's reader.
Fable of the Bees and Other Writings, Paperback (November 1997)
Published anonymously in 1723, "The Fable of the Bees" by Bernard Mandeville came to be regarded as the epitome of immorality. It is a naturalistic account of the mechanism of human desire. This abridged edition also includes "The Fable" and background readings from two sources.
Fable of the Bees, Paperback (January 1988)
Begins with a poem and continues with many essays and dialogues.
Fable of the Bees: Or Private Vices, Publick Benefits, Hardback (January 1957)» View all books by Bernard Mandeville
A scholarly edition of a work by Bernard Mandeville. The edition presents an authoritative text, together with an introduction, commentary notes, and scholarly apparatus.
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Author Biography - Bernard Mandeville
Mandeville, Bernard (1670-1733)
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