The Passions and the Interests
Political Arguments for Capitalism Before Its Triumph
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Passions and the Interests by Albert O. Hirschman
Book DescriptionIn this volume, Albert Hirschman reconstructs the intellectual climate of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to illuminate the intricate ideological transformation that occurred, wherein the pursuit of material interests - so long condemned as the deadly sin of avarice - was assigned the role of containing the unruly and destructive passions of man. Hirschman here offers a new interpretation for the rise of capitalism, one that emphasizes the continuities between old and new, in contrast to the assumption of a sharp break that is a common feature of both Marxian and Weberian thinking. Among the insights presented here is the ironical finding that capitalism was originally supposed to accomplish exactly what was soon denounced as its worst feature: the repression of the passions in favor of the 'harmless,' if one-dimensional, interests of commercial life. To portray this lengthy ideological change as an endogenous process, Hirschman draws on the writings of a large number of thinkers, including Montesquieu, Sir James Steuart, and Adam Smith.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780691015989
(203mm x 127mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 6-Jan-1997
Country of Publication: United States
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Passions and the Interests, Paperback (October 2013)
Reconstructs the intellectual climate of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to illuminate the intricate ideological transformation that occurred, wherein the pursuit of material interests - so long condemned as the deadly sin of avarice - was assigned the role of containing the unruly and destructive passions of man.
Shifting Involvements, Paperback (January 2002)» View all books by Albert O. Hirschman
Why does society oscillate between intense interest in public issues and almost total concentration on private goals? This work offers a social, political, and economic analysis dealing with how and why frustrations of private concerns lead to public involvement and public participation that eventually lead back to those private concerns.
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